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Two Edmonton families heading to Budapest for parts in the TV drama ‘The Alienist’


Chris Stewart
APTN National News

Two Edmonton families are getting set for an all expenses paid trip to Budapest to play out their roles in the American TV series The Alienist.

“Our children are going to be a part of the Catholic boarding school there,” said Barbara Dumigan Jackson, one of the mothers who is from the Saddle Lake Cree Nation but now lives in Edmonton.

“Back then they had a lot of Dakota Sioux and Native American people in the area in Fort Yates. So me and Melissa will be doing acting outside Fort Yates, and the children will be singing some Christian songs.”

The Alienist is being produced by the U.S. network TNT. The show does not have a schedule as yet.

Along with an all expenses paid trip, they will also receive a week’s salary.



The show stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans.

Producers of The Alienist were looking for eight Indigenous children to play the choir role. These two families will make up half the choir.

Set in the late 1800’s, it chronicles the efforts to find the person responsible for killing boy sex trade workers.

The show is intended for an adult audience.

” They also informed me that they will not be a part of that – so their scenes will not be murder scenes or being abducted.

The other mother, Melissa Faithful from the Frog Lake First Nation, told APTN that the kids have been counting down the days.

“They’ve been talking about it every day,” said Faithful. “When are we going to Budapest? How many days away? My kids have never taken an airplane before so this is their first time. The flight is 13 hours. It’s going to be an adventure.”

Both mothers have had minor roles – but nothing like this.

“I think it’s going to be amazing,” said Kiya Bruno, Barbara’s daughter. “It’s supposed to be plus 30 weather, we stay at a nice hotel and we get to see Dakota Fanning and Evan Peters when we get there on set.”

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One Response to “Two Edmonton families heading to Budapest for parts in the TV drama ‘The Alienist’”

    Jeffrey Wynne August 4, 2017 at 3:20 am #

    You’ll meet lots of Roma people in Budapest!