The Arts Scene sits down for a quick conversation with Cracked co-creator & Toronto Police Officer Calum de Hartog during the the red carpet premiere event of the The City Life Film Project at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a project he kick started back in 2009. Watch the interview above!
In 2009, de Hartog kick started The City Life Film Project in partnership with Temple Street Productions and The Remix Project, a program designed to help underprivileged and disadvantaged youth find their voice and build towards a career in film, television and other creative industries. He is currently working on bringing Dennis Lehane’s Running Out of Dog to the big screen, in development with Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, Appian Way.
Cracked is a new procedural drama on CBC, co-created by de Hartog along with writer Tracey Forbes. The show puts a spotlight on mental illness and psychiatric disorders by following a team within the Toronto Police Department called the Psych Crimes Unit. Set up by psychiatrist Dr. Daniella Ridley (Stefanie von Pfetten), the team is joined by SWAT officer Detective Aidan Black (David Sutcliffe), who is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after lethal encounters while on the job. Together their unit hopes to not only help people with mental disabilities, but also protect the citizens of the city from harm.