Crime Wave
Crime Watch
Canada 1985, 80 min, Digital, Dir: John Paizs
Screenings:
  • Tuesday January 20, 2015 at 7:00PM

Steven Penny (writer-director John Paizs) is a frustrated filmmaker whose landlord’s teenage daughter develops an odd obsession with the loner-loser. Their relationship gets odder as Penny takes ever-more extreme measures to finish his script and the film’s very narrative structure starts to buckle, plunging us into a strange, sinister, and hilarious dimension of cinematic dementia.

One of the most perversely overlooked debuts in English Canadian movie history, Crime Wave inaugurated the “prairie postmodernism” genre in Canuck cinema. Straining the wide-eyed innocence of Canadian prairie fiction through a trash-cinema filter, undermining the camp wholesomeness of 1950s educational films with the garish hyperbole of B-movie poster design, it’s an off-kilter universe that looks more dazzling than ever in a newly restored digital presentation just in time for its 30th anniversary! (TIFF)

Live Remote Q & A With Filmmaker


This screening is part of the larger thematic series:
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