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Trailer: sorry wrong planet



As the screen fades to black, we are in a farmhouse in the predominately Finnish mining town of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada in 1915 - listening to the sounds of a woman in labor, and the wail of a baby (Mikey) taking its first breath of life.

As a young girl, Mikey feels that she doesn’t belong with "people." Ignored by her mother and barely looked after by the family maid, she creates a world of her own, nourished by the Finnish folklore that defines and sustains her grandmother ("Mothergranny"), her one "connection" to the time and place in which she finds herself.

Then Mothergranny dies. Will Mikey follow? Or has Mothergranny's spirit prepared her to finally bloom where she is planted?


  • Film Genre: drama
  • Running Time: 21.30 min.
  • Format: 35mm
  • Shooting Format: Panavision G2 with anamorphic zoom lens 45-90mm
  • Movie theaters, organizations, associations, clubs & other entities interested in arranging for a a public or private showing of sorry wrong planet on a big screen, please contact Marita Ensio Robinson, executive producer, at
  • Book: Martta Maria Aho Ensio (check out this link for background on sorry/wrong planet - author and book
  • Executive Producer: Marita Ensio Robinson
  • Directed by: Marcus Robinson
  • Associate Producers: Sari Miettinen and Stefan Randstrom
  • Director of Photography: Nicholas Greenland
  • Edited by: Jason Gileno
  • Screenplay: Marcus Robinson and Marita Ensio Robinson
  • Translation: Borje Vahamaki
  • Sound Designer: Scott Purdy
  • Costume Designer: Jennifer Bunt
  • Artists' Agency Inquiries: Marcus Robinson
  • Distribution Inquiries : Marita Ensio Robinson


sorry|wrong planet thanks




This film could not have been made without
the generous support of:

The Ontario Arts Council

Panavision Canada - Stewart Aziz

The Greater City of Sudbury Heritage Museums
The Anderson Farm Museum site
Jim Fortin, curator

The Beaver Lake Club

Laurentian University

Leo Oman & Judy and Stan Strato

The cities of Sudbury, Lively and Beaver Lake

sorry|wrong planet crew


Former senior writer for Playback, "Canada's broadcast and production journal", and a regular contributor to Inside Entertainment, a leading Canadian monthly, Marcus Robinson was recently engaged to write a TV mini-series which is expected to air in the Fall of 2009. Also in the works are a screen adaptation of a novel by a renowned Chinese-Canadian author depicting the Chinese immigrant experience in 1930s Vancouver, Canada; a sci-fi “blockbuster”; and a Canadian “film noir” set in Greek Town, Toronto. Although he's made another short, which he shot on 16 mm B/Wand edited on a Steenbeck, he considers sorry/wrong planet his first film.


Nicolas Greenland: Director of Photography
Swiss-Canadian Nicolas Greenland began his early years in technical theatre working as a lighting designer and stage manager. After enduring several European rock and roll tours, the lighting director began freelancing as a corporate lighting designer, after which he worked in television and film as a gaffer. Having since lit several television episodics, features and numerous music videos, he has shifted focus behind the camera as a cinematographer.

Casting Director Stefan Randström
Dialogue Editor Jason Gileno
Production Manager Sari Miettinen
Production Designer Julia Fong
Props/Set Dresser Nathan Owehand
Costume Construction Robin Fisher
Costume Designer Jennifer Bunt
Wardrobe Assistant Meg Jones
Camera Operator Chris Mierzwinski
1st Camera Assistant/Focus Puller Micheal Leblanc; Chris Mierzwinski
2nd Camera Assistant/Clapper Loader Ioana Vasile
Hair Design Michelle Sullivan
Make-up Anne Harding
Sound Re-recording Sign Post Sound
Sound Recordist Jake Krotchowil
Boom Operator Dave Sheridan
Gaffer Hugh Mcjanet
Best Boy Petra Holmberg
Electric Sean Howard
Genny op. Dave Doidge
Key Grip Jayson Scissons
Best Boy Grip Chris Haggart
Grip Dave Sharpe (the Count)
Grip Dave Sheridan (Karma)
Swing Marcia Starzynski; Travis Dixon
Script Supervisor/Production Assistant Tom Paloheimo
Horse & Buggy Dave Cavanagh
Transport Supervisor Raimo Karppinen
Title Logo/Press Kit Tamara Ensio
Music Co-ordinator Paul Robinson
Colorist (Deluxe) Matei Kajs
Telecine Sync Operator (Deluxe) Ahmad Ismail
Titles by Film Opticals
Neg Cutter Catherine Rankin
Dolby Sound Consultant Thomas Kodros

sorry|wrong planet cast

1) Hanni Larma; 2) Anja Karppinen; 3) Maarit Koivunen; 4) Sari Mears; 5) Aku Kärki; 6) Riitta Huhtala; 7) Tiia Raatikainen; 8) Sami Suomalainen; 9) Alpo Raatikainen; 10) Milla Kärkäs

MIKEY hanni larma
MOTHERGRANNY anja karppinen
AUNT SOFIE maarit koivunen
ÄITI (mother) sari mears
ISÄ (father) aku kärki
MRS. KOIVUNEN riitta huhtala
JUSSI (12 yrs old) russell kent
MINNI tiina hämäläinen
JESOPHUS sami suomalainen
SGT. EINOLA allan best
THE DOCTOR stefan randström
MRS. SALONEN iiris petaja
MRS. AHONEN tiia raatikainen
MR. KOIVUNEN harold huhtanen
MIA petra holmberg
MRS. RINNE/MIDWIFE judy parker
UNCLE RISTO alpo raatikainen
DRUNK WOMAN milla karkas
MIKEY (as baby) baby mears
MIKEY (4 yrs old) heidi (laura) parkes
JUSSI (5 yrs old) miiko piironen
JUSSI (voice at 5 yrs) alexandre valanne

oiva saarinen
edey saarinen

norma kent
simo kent
sari miettinen

Sari Mears ÄITI (Mother) joined the cast of Toronto Finnish Theater Company’s award winning drama “Dear Lotta” in 1998 and received “Honorable mention as New Comer” from the Association of Community Theatres – Central Ontario (ACT-CO). In addition to her stage work, Sari was a principal actor in a TV Commercial (2001). Sari has been performing since she was a little girl in Finland doing various school and theater group productions. She describes herself as a character actor and loves great supporting roles. Today Sari resides in Toronto, Canada and her family includes her husband and 5-year old son Jake,who had his screen debut as “Baby Mikey” in “Sorry Wrong Planet”.

Maarit Koivunen (Aunt Sophie) – President of the Toronto Finnish Theatre Co. since 1999. Acted in musicals "West Side Story" and "Zorba" at Turku Swedish Theatre, Finland and at Theatre Vipunen in Stockholm, Sweden. Acted in various major roles and toured North America with several plays. Latest role as Lahja in “Five Women in a Chapel” performed in the United States in Marquette, Michigan, in August 2005. E-mail:

Sami Suomalainen (Jesophus) - Acting debut in "Sorry, Wrong Planet." Full time painter and illustrator. Member of the Toronto Finnish Theatre Co. since 2001. Numerous art exhibitions in Canada and abroad. Paintings in private collections around the world. Children’s picture books published in all major languages including Chinese. Next book will be launched in European book fair this year (2005). Three documentary films have been made of the artist. Many interviews done for radio and press.

Arvo (Aku) Kärki ISÄ (father) was born in Toijala, Finland, into a family of actors. At age 6 he debuted in a play ”A Full Dozen” that traveled around Finland. Aku has been living in Toronto, Canada, for the past 25 years with his wife and three sons. He has been active in the Toronto Finnish Theatre Co. for the past 25 years where he has performed, directed, designed and built sets in over 40 productions.

Anja Karppinen (Mothergranny) – Actor, director, member of the Toronto Finnish Theatre Co. since 1959. Received several awards as an actor and a director; year 2002 ACT-CO’s best drama award for directing “Our Town”. Performed among others to Queen Elizabeth II. A TV program made of Anja named “Anja Karppinen” won a prestigious Gemini-award (Canadian Oscar) to its host David Gale

Esko Laakso (priest) - First stage ‘performance’ in his mother’s womb. Joined Toronto Finnish Theatre Co. year 1938. Performed in numerous plays: "Our Town," " Shipbuilder," " Mousetrap," "Busille and the Just," "The Merry Mountbank", etc. Received leading actor award. Esko is also a singer. Member of an acting family with son Timo continuing in grandfather’s and father’s footsteps.

Milla Kärkäs – Film debut in "Sorry, Wrong Planet." Joined Toronto Finnish Theatre Co. in 1998. A student at Second City. Roles include Kaarina in "Dear Lotta" and Linnea in "Let’s be Darlings" ; also acted in" Our Town" and "Shipbuilder." Toured with plays in Toronto, Florida, Detroit, Calgary and Sudbury.

Tiia Raatikainen (Mrs. Ahonen) – Started as a script prompt and a make-up artist in the Toronto Finnish Theatre Co. in 1972. Is known as a character actress. Latest roles in plays " Sonja’s Salon" (1999), "Let’s be Darlings" (2004), "Love Draft" (2004/2005), "Nature Spa Softhill" (2005). Acted in various sketch programs with TFTC. Part of the touring ensemble.

Alpo Raatikainen (Uncle Risto) – Finnish-American film debut. Has worked as a hotel manager and bus chauffeur in Lake Worth, Florida. Participated in the Toronto Finnish Theatre Co.’s sketch productions. Played the role of fiancé in "Opri," which was performed in Toronto, Sault Ste. Marie and Florida.

sorry|wrong planet tech specs


  • Title: sorry\wrong planet
  • Film Genre: drama
  • Running Time: 21.30
  • Format: 35mm
  • Shooting Format: Panavision G2 with anamorphic zoom lens 45-90mm
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 scope
  • Edited With: Final Cut Pro HD
  • Finished With: FCP (and a film out)
  • Exhibition Format: HD/D-Beta and 35mm (anticipated)
  • Release Date: September 2005
  • Original Language: Finnish/ English

Monday, August 22, 2005

sorry|wrong planet production stills

1) Hanni Larma (Mikey) ;2) (left to right) Anja Karppinen (Mothergranny), Hanni Larma (Mikey) and (ISÄ - father) Aku Kärki ; 3) Hair and make-up artist, Anne Harding, touches up Milla Kärkäs; 4) Norma Kent; 5) Simo Kent gets a last minute adjustment from hair stylist Michelle Sullivan; 6) Nicolas Greenland (Director of Photography), and Marcus Robinson (Director) pause for a shot during stock and camera tests on a wintry April morning in Sudbury; 7) It's a wrap!

sorry|wrong planet media coverage



  • Subject: Bay Street Film Festival 2005 (Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada) - sorrywrong planet 4th in "top 10" People's Choice!