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Local web series tells story of drug dealers, ghost in small fishing town

Caley MacLennan, the creator, says making a web series is the way to go given the current climate of film making in Nova Scotia.

Actor John Dunsworth and filmmaker Caley MacLennan outside the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative in Halifax on Saturday.

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Actor John Dunsworth and filmmaker Caley MacLennan outside the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative in Halifax on Saturday.

Caley MacLennan describes his upcoming web series as “a hyper-realistic story with a ghost.”

The series, titled Nichols and Dimez, tells the story of a small fishing town called Skag Harbour. When local boat repairman – and drug dealer – Big Mike dies unexpectedly, his long-time friend John Nichols is left to take care of the business as well as Big Mike’s son, Mike “Dimez” Junior.

“He has to go from being under the safety of Big Mike’s constant micro-managing to now having to run the whole thing himself,” MacLennan explained Saturday.

“I think the story really boils down to a man, for the first time, being given the keys to his own future.”

The plot thickens when Big Mike returns – appearing to Nichols as a ghost.

John Dunsworth, well known for his role on Trailer Park Boys, is playing the part of Nichols.

“It’s so much nicer to play a character than to play a caricature,” said Dunsworth. “I like realism.”

MacLennan added, “The show is really driven by (Nichols’) character arc.”

Cathy Jones is also part of the cast, playing the role of a social worker named Gail Mansbridge.

“My mom is a social worker. (The character) is not my mom, but there’s obviously pieces of my mom in there,” said MacLennan. “Everything in our show, from the characters to the businesses, has drips of real life.”

MacLennan added that creating a web series is a good route to go given the current climate of film in Nova Scotia. Dunsworth said he likes the freedom to be part of the creative team.

“When I’m doing shows like Haven, to change one word in the script they gotta get permission from L.A.,” he said. “But doing shows like this, I can say, ‘Hey, what do you think of this?’”

The cast and crew are shooting a teaser for the series in hopes of being accepted into the Independent Production Fund, which will mean receiving money towards the project.

“We need to find a way to do it on our own, let people see it, and then let people jump on board,” said MacLennan.

Despite having serious moments, MacLennan said the heart of the series is that of a “classic comedy show.”

“Even though there are these deeper themes to it, I hope that it still comes off funnier and easier to swallow.”