Category Archives: Canadian Film

WFF: Whistler Film Festival Borsos Awards Hat Trick for RIVER — Best Canadian Feature/Director/Screenplay.

Thriller River swept most of the major awards for Canadian features at the 15th annual Whistler Film Festival, winning Best Feature, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Jamie M. Dagg’s first feature is about an American doctor (Rossif Sutherland) in Laos who goes on the run after trying to stop the sexual assault of a young [...]

VIFF INDUSTRY: INTO THE FOREST Writer/Director Patricia Rozema Talks About the Art of The Arc This Afternoon

How did writer/director Patricia Rozema adapt the Jean Hegland novel Into the Forest about two sisters in a post-apocalyptic  world into such  a compelling feature film. She has a history of finding a good story arc with other adapted properties like Mansfield Park and  original work like When Night is Falling about a life unravelling [...]

VIFF: Deepa Mehta’s BEEBA BOYS About Vancouver Indo-Gangster Gang to Screen at Vancouver International Film Festival This Fall

Meet the boys who gave crime a new style. Remember Vancouver’s Indo-gangster “Bindy” Johal?  He and his Punjabi Mafia gang known as the Beeba Boys terrorized the city in the late 1990s until Bindy was gunned down in a Vancouver nightclub. Toronto director Deepa Mehta’s crime drama is inspired by Bindy Johal and tells the [...]

VIFF: Filmed-in-BC INTO THE FOREST with Ellen Page & Evan Rachel Woods Screens at Vancouver International Film Festival This Fall

Two teenage sisters —  Nell (Ellen Page) and Eva (Evan Rachel Woods)  —  living with their father in a forest must survive in the near-future when the world around them turns apocalyptic. The power goes out. The radio goes silent. Everything is stripped away until they are left alone to fight intruders, disease, starvation and [...]

CANADIAN FILM DAY: Mommy, Songs She Wrote About People She Knows, The Valley Below, Ben’s At Home, Being Canadian & Violent at VanCity Theatre

Mommy Ever since Xavier Dolan’s Mommy won a special Jury Prize at Cannes and swept the Canadian Screen Awards, I’ve looked for a way to see it. And finally found it today at  Canadian Film Day at VanCity Theatre. It’s their first feature this morning. What’s Mommy about? It’s the story of a deeply troubled [...]

FILM ACCELERATOR: From the Folks Who Brought You WOLFCOP, CineCoup’s 2nd $1-Million Film Accelerator Launches Tonight

From the folks who brought you WolfCop: CineCoup’s 2nd film accelerator program launches in downtown Vancouver tonight with $1 million in production financing available for Canadian entrants. CineCoup is looking to repeat WolfCop’s success, calling for genre concepts with franchise potential like “sci-fi, horror, action, thriller and comedy (or documentaries that deal with pop culture [...]

WFF: Canadian AFTER THE BALL, BANG BANG BABY, FELIX AND MEIRA, MOUNTAIN MEN. RELATIVE HAPPINESS & WOLVES at WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL

UPDATE: Maxime Giroux’s forbidden Montreal love story Félix and Meira awarded Best Canadian Feature, Best Director and Best Screenplay, as well as Best Performance to Hadas Yaron. Six Canadian films will compete in the 11th annual Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature at the Whistler Film Festival next month, which runs from December 3rd to 7th. For tickets- click [...]

SHOOT: Deepa Mehta’s BEEBA BOYS With Randeep Hooda as Vancouver Gangster Inspired By Bindy Johal

“I’m still around.” — Bindy Johal. Updated with name changes. Toronto director Deepa Mehta’s upcoming film Beeba Boys (working title Inland) is inspired by the story of B.C.’s notorious Indo-gangster “Bindy” Singh Johal and his Punjabi Mafia gang known as the Beeba Boys. Gunned down in a nightclub in 1998, Johal was a hero to many [...]

SHOOT: INTO THE FOREST’s Ellen Page in Squamish

Filming #intotheforest with @EllenPage #Squamish #mostfamouspersonieversaw #apocalypse pic.twitter.com/JiGbzPRPtz — Andrew Georgy-Embree (@aembree) July 31, 2014   In a world on the brink of collapse, two sisters (Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood) try to survive in a remote forest fighting intruders, loneliness and starvation. Adapted from Jean Hegland’s novel of the same name and written [...]

VIFF: Canadian Images Gala for ALL THE WRONG REASONS with Cory Monteith

It won’t be easy to watch the late Cory Monteith in his last screen role in the Canadian feature ALL THE WRONG REASONS, but a Vancouver International Film Festival gala event is a fitting tribute to the Glee star and hometown hero who gave so much to the Project Limelight Society, a free performing arts [...]

BIG READ: Vancouver Director Jeff Renfroe’s Ice Age Thriller THE COLONY

Published April 25, 2013 on Vancouver is Awesome How do you survive in a frozen world? The next ice age forces humans underground in Canadian sci-fi thriller The Colony, which opens nationwide tomorrow. Directed by Vancouver’s own Jeff Renfroe, The Colony explores what happens when hunger and desperation below an icy surface lead to the kind of savage, [...]