'Drawer Boy' actor honoured by ACTRA - March 1, 2018
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Stuart Hughes was the recipient of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) best actor award over the weekend for his work as Angus in The Drawer Boy, which was filmed in Huron County last year.
Hughes was honoured at ACTRA’s gala in Toronto. It was that night that the organization celebrated its 75th anniversary in Toronto. Also honoured that night was Sheila McCarthy as the year’s best actress for her work in the film Cardinals.
Hughes was part of a small crew of actors, under the guidance of director Arturo Pérez Torres and producer Aviva Armour-Ostroff, who came to Huron County to film the movie at a number of local locations, including one of the Lobb family farms in Goderich Township, a historic house near Westfield and a dairy farm near Listowel.
The film is based on the play, written by Michael Healey, which has strong Huron County connections. It tells the story of the creation of The Farm Show in the 1970s in Huron County, which, in many ways, has been viewed as the birth of an alternative form of Canadian theatre.
The Farm Show would lay the groundwork for the creation of the Blyth Festival, where The Drawer Boy would eventually be produced.
The filmmakers spent several weeks shooting the movie in Huron County and then returned later last year for a special event as part of the Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story, which last year focused its attention on the world of film.
Hughes had a busy year in 2017. Not only was he one of the stars in The Drawer Boy, but he also contributed his talents towards the remake of It and several episodes of Orphan Black, Murdoch Mysteries and Frontier.