A canary belonging to a long-time contributor of Cage & Aviary Birds is set to star in a new blockbuster movie, it has been revealed.
When Yorkshire canary breeder Brian Keenan was approached by Ecosse Films to supply a Yorkie for a new production of Wuthering Heights, he jumped at the chance.
Bafta-winning director Andrea Arnold is working in partnership with Film4 and the UK Film Council to develop a big-screen adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic tale of doomed romance.
Mr Keenan explained that Ms Arnold prefers to film entirely on location and aims for as much local flavour and authenticity as possible.
“So the obvious choice of canary for Wuthering Heights just had to be a Yorkshire in a genuine show cage – nothing else would do,” he said.
“The canary will be involved in filming for about four weeks, but it is not a speaking part. That would have required a budgie, which was just not on!”
Wuthering Heights is scheduled for cinema release in about 18 months’ time.
This story first appeared in our October 27 edition.