Surrey movie misses making the Oscar cut

Work Weather Wife, a Punjabi-language film, was shortlisted for best song nomination at the Academy Awards but didn't get nominated.

The Surrey-made movie Work Weather Wife was not chosen as a finalist for an Academy Award after two songs from the film were shortlisted for an Oscar.



A made-in-Surrey Punjabi-language movie has missed making the cut for an Academy Award.

Work Weather Wife, written by Harpreet Sandhu, who also directed, co-starred and co-produced alongside Reema Nagra, was the only Canadian film shortlisted in the best song category at the Oscars.

In fact, two song from the movie – Long Braid and Moon, both composed by Sandhu – were among 79 songs vying for a nomination.

However, on Thursday, when the finalists were announced, Work Weather Wife wasn’t on the list. The omission wasn’t a big surprise for Sandhu, who was happy to have been on the shortlist beside an array of big-budget Hollywood flicks.

“This is an independent film and we made it this far without money, and that’s huge for us,” he said.

Finalists named in theBest Original Song category included “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Glory” from Selma, “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, and “Lost Stars” from Begin Again.

The Oscar buzz Work Weather Wife received may help bring it to more screens. About a couple who must deal with issues of infidelity and honour killing after they let a con-man into their home, it already screened in Canada and the U.S. But Sandhu says he’s considering returning it to theatres here now that people know about it, as well as getting it into theatres abroad.

His next project, he says, is about a boy who’s forced to kill his gangster step-dad, who killed his birth father. The working title for that film is I Love My Dad, But I Killed My Dad.

 

Just Posted

Four years for manslaughter in Surrey drive-by shooting

Mahdi Halane was rendered a quadriplegic until his death in hospital six years later at age 24.

Author at Surrey event glad to have book published ‘before reality totally overtakes fiction’

Ari Goelman, a business and criminology instructor, speaks at KPU Reads gathering Jan. 22

Cloverdale banker shares his love of swing dancing

Cloverdale’s Phillip Kunz shows dancing newcomers how to get into the swing of things

White Rock cannabis and adult entertainment bylaws to move to public hearings

Council will seek input on potential of allowing contentious businesses in city limits

SURREY EVENTS GUIDE for Jan. 17 and beyond

Plays, concerts, fundraisers and more in our weekly guide for Surrey and area

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

VIDEO: B.C. Lions sign defensive back T.J. Lee to contract for upcoming season

The four-year veteran had a team-high four interceptions and 49 tackles last season with B.C.

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental health

Test that cleared Trump was developed by doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities

Premier touches on multiple topics ahead of Asia trade trip

Housing and childcare are expected to be the focus of the BC NDP’s first budget in February.

UPDATE: Friends mourn boy, 15, killed in Vancouver shooting

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

VIDEO: Explorers uncover Canada’s deepest cave in Fernie

The cave, named Bisaro Anima, was confirmed to have broken the record on New Year’s Day

Vernon to host largest Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in 2019

Games to be held Feb. 21-23, with more than 800 athletes expected to take part

Ex-BC Liberal staffer focused on ‘favourable’ ethnic communities in scandal: lawyer

Former communications director Brian Bonney’s sentencing hearing for breach of trust is underway

Most Read