Articles tagged with: Mayfair Theatre
The September 22 edition of the Canadian Cult Revue at the Mayfair Theatre begins with Search and Destroy, a post-Vietnam War action movie about a group of veterans being hunted by a former ally. It stars Perry King (Melrose Place), Tisa Farrow (sister of Mia) and cult favourite Don Stroud (The Buddy Holly Story). The film isn’t explicitly Canadian in content but it’s a very Canadian product from a key era in our filmmaking history: the Tax Shelter Years.
John Paizs’ Crime Wave is a film that inspires great devotion among its fans. In some ways it’s the quintessential Canadian cult film. Shot on 16mm with rented equipment on a shoestring budget, using a (really) small crew on weekends over the course of two years, it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1985 and had a theatrical release in 1986 in just one city: Winnipeg – the place it was filmed
Cody Campanale understands research. Not the academic kind that can prove the value of art and still not convince people to enjoy it. He embraces research because it creates context that makes reality acceptable, and defensible. It‘s drawn him into the psychological corners of stage and film narrative and then protected him when people get confrontational. Because in Campanale’s revelations of human frailty, someone is always going to take offence.
The short form of any media, if done well, is always the most difficult. You can see it when you sit down to watch short films or read short poems; in quick bursts, it either works or it doesn’t. There’s not much wiggle room for relativism.
At the second-edition screening of the BoxcArt Film Festival last night, 12 films showed how disparate the product can be. Half the entries told their stories well, half didn’t seem to get it. But that was never the real point. This competition was birthed to …