After the Second World War, Canada began investigating federal employees who might be susceptible to blackmail by Soviet spies. Homosexuality, then considered a “character weakness”, was grounds for surveillance and interrogation by the RCMP. The Department of National Defence shared the RCMP’s conservative mindset and pervasive bigotry, and so, over the course of four decades, thousands of men and women had their privacy invaded and their careers ruined. They were interrogated, threatened, and manipulated. Many suffered psychological effects; some took their own lives. The Fruit Machine blows the lid off of one of the most heinous and shocking invasion of privacy campaigns in Canada’s history.
Canada 2018, 90 min, Dir: Sarah Fodey