Bon Cop, Bad Cop star Patrick Huard and an ensemble cast have begun principal photography on Daniel Roby’s $6.5m (C$7.3m) disco-era drama Funkytown.

Set in and around the Limelight Discotheque, the epicenter of 1970s Montreal’s infatuation with platform shoes and Donna Summer, the film follows a disparate group of bon vivants and enfants terribles.

Joining Huard in the cast are Paul Doucet, Sarah Mutch, Justin Chatwin, Raymond Bouchard, Geneviève Brouillette and François Létourneau.

The screenplay is by Steve Gallucio, who wrote local hit Mambo Italiano. André Rouleau of Caramel Films is producing. Roby last directed La Peau Blanche, a genre-bending horror title for which Barry Levinson and Frederic Golchan acquired the English-language remake rights. La Peau Blanche won the first Canadian feature prize at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival.

Caramel’s Rouleau was executive producer of Quinzaine title Polytechnique as well as the upcoming Die alongside Don Carmody. Funkytown will be distributed in Canada by Alliance Vivafilm and Remstar in the summer next year. Remstar is selling the film internationally.

Funkytown’s backers include Telefilm Canada, SODEC, Super Écran, the Harold Greenburg Fund and Canadian and Quebec tax credits.

The film shoots until August 8 in Montreal.