Canadian actress Sook-Yin Lee has begun principal photography on her directorial debut Year Of The Carnivore.

The film, which is shooting outside of Vancouver, is co-produced by Vancouver-based Screen Siren Pictures and Toronto-based The Film Farm, producers of Atom Egoyan's Adoration. Screen Siren's Trish Dolman is producer with Kryssta Mills as coproducer alongside Film Farm's Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss.

Lee, a popular radio personality in Canada, has built a reputation as a fearless collaborator in sexually provocative material, particularly for her roles in John Cameron Mitchell's films Shortbus and Hedwig And The Angry Inch. The new film, which she also wrote, would seem to be mapping similar terrain.

The off-beat romance follows Sammy (Cristin Milioti), a 21 year-old woman who has an unrequited crush on a scruffy musician, Eugene (Mark Rendall). When they do come together the first encounter is a disaster. Given that her job as a store detective requires her to deliver thieves to her employer so that he can beat them rather than prosecute, Sammy instead blackmails the miscreants into giving her sex lessons. Also featured are Will Sasso, Kevin McDonald and Sheila McCarthy.

The film is backed by Telefilm Canada, E1 Films Canada and British Columbia Film. It will be released in Canada by E1 Films Canada.