Monthly Archives: February 2019

Adriana Maggs on The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood

Writer, producer and director Adriana Maggs — whose new drama Goalie opens in Toronto and Vancouver this Friday, March 1st — steps up for a lost Canadian classic: The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood, Mark and Andy Jones’ 1986 satire about the fantasy life of a Newfoundland bureaucrat. Your genial host Norm Wilner is just glad to know he’s not the only person who saw it.

Christy Garland on Election

Documentary filmmaker Christy Garland — whose new film What Walaa Wants screens in Toronto February 20th at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema before beginning a Canada’s Top Ten run at the TIFF Bell Lightbox March 1st — goes deep into Alexander Payne’s distressingly prophetic high-school satire Election. (You know, it’s the one where Matthew Broderick declares Reese Witherspoon his mortal enemy.) Your genial host Norm Wilner regrets not having cupcakes on hand.

Ashlee Blackwell on Ganja and Hess

Writer, producer and critic Ashlee Blackwell, founder of and an essential part of the new Shudder documentary Horror Noire: The History of Black Horror, tackles the allure and repulsion of Ganja & Hess, Bill Gunn’s radical 1973 study starring Duane Jones and Marlene Clark as two very different people who share an infernal thirst. Your genial host Norm Wilner is all in.

Jeremy Larter on Goin’ Down the Road

Writer, producer and director Jeremy Larter — whose first feature Pogey Beach is now available for rental and purchase on iTunes — settles in for a conversation about Don Shebib’s Goin’ Down the Road, the 1970 drama that more or less created English Canadian cinema. Your genial host Norm Wilner is trying very hard not to think about how much he hated the sequel.