Archives for category: Film


My favorite: The ‘Best Laid Plans’ – a political satire. Not a favorite in the polls apparently.
And “The Rick Mercer Report”


“The Rick Mercer Report”
Canadians got to know him on “This Hour Has 22 Minutes,” but Mercer became a household name when he got his own show. His iconic rants have made him a sort of unofficial conscience for Canada, while his disarming and silly interviews have humanized some of Canada’s most important people.

“SCTV: The Great White North”
What started as a segment for “SCTV” quickly became a pop culture phenomenon. Bob and Doug McKenzie’s “Great White North” inspired albums, movies and even a cartoon.

John Candy, Rick Moranis, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara … the list goes on. The show was probably the single greatest collection of comedy talent ever assembled for Canadian TV.

“Fraggle Rock”
Created by Jim Henson and produced by Canadians in the early 1980s, “Fraggle Rock” was an international hit and shown in a dozen countries.

“Mr. Dressup”
Airing on the CBC from 1967 to 1996 (and much longer in repeats), “Mr. Dressup” became an icon for generations of Canadian children.

“The Red Green Show”
If you think duct tape can fix anything … well, you have “The Red Green Show” to blame for that.

“The Beachcombers”
Running from 1972 to 1990, “The Beachcombers” holds the distinction of being the longest-running dramatic series ever on English Canadian television.

“The Trouble With Tracy”
Some people considered this CTV sitcom to be one of the worst ever created, but somehow it still managed to air 130 episodes.

“Danger Bay”
Ever-conscious of our environment, this Canadian drama, which took place in B.C., dealt with issues like deforestation and saving the ocean from pollution.

“Being Erica”
This charming CBC comedy-drama starred Erin Karpluk as Erica Strange, a young woman in Toronto who somehow gains the ability to travel back to earlier parts of her life to fix her mistakes.

“Trailer Park Boys”
Airing for seven seasons and currently airing online (and back for another movie in 2014!), “Trailer Park Boys” chronicled the hilarious hijinks of the residents of a trailer park in small-town Nova Scotia.

“This Hour Has 22 Minutes”
One of the pillars of Canadian comedy, “This Hour Has 22 Minutes” has consistently been one of the funniest half-hours on Canadian TV.

“The Littlest Hobo”
A resourceful dog wanders across the country helping strangers along the way … That’s it. What more do you want?

“Degrassi Junior High” (And “Degrassi High,” And “Degrassi”…)
This groundbreaking teen drama brought up issues faced by teens years before any other show would touch them. The show would go on to inspire numerous spin-offs, and yep, it’s still on today!

“Lost Girl”
This Canadian sensation has a huge fan base, and is currently in its fourth season. It follows Bo, a bisexual succubus, as she tries to discover her past and true identity. Just don’t question the magic.

“Slings and Arrows”
This ambitious Canadian drama told the story of a fictional Shakespeare festival and gave many Canadian actors a chance to do some of their best work.

“Dragons’ Den”
This show for entrepreneurs showcases Canadian inventions, and their proposals to established businesspeople. Highly entertaining (especially when the inventions are terrible), the U.S. took the concept and started “Shark Tank.”

“Anne Of Green Gables”
A beloved Canadian children’s book got a faithful and great adaptation by the CBC — and Megan Follows garnered a cult status/following after her turn as the titular Anne.

“The Raccoons”
Airing in the late 1980s, “The Raccoons” was a beloved children’s show. Bert, Ralph and Melissa (the three raccoons) often faced off against the vicious Cyril Sneer and his pushover son, Cedric.

“Da Vinci’s Inquest”
This CBC crime drama told the story of a coroner working in Vancouver. The show’s lead character was based on Larry Campbell, the city’s actual coroner who would go on to be elected mayor in 2002.

“Wayne & Shuster Show”
A Canadian comedy pioneer, the “Wayne & Shuster Show” would be a template for the country’s many, many comedy shows.

“Hockey Night In Canada”
For more than 60 years, the CBC beamed hockey into the nation’s living rooms. Few shows deserve to be described as iconic, but “HNIC” is one of them.

“The Nature of Things”
For more than five decades, “The Nature of Things” has been delivering some of the best scientific documentaries to Canadians. Suzuki teaches us about everything!

“Royal Canadian Air Farce”
Another Canadian comedy institution, “Air Farce” have been active since the 1970s. From lambasting politicians to mocking the pop culture figures of the day, this show is the height of hilarity.



Canadian films struggle.

They struggle to get made, to get distributed, to get promoted, to be seen, and to be accepted by viewers.

Domestic theatres refuse to show many Canadian movies because those films don’t make much money.
Journalists refuse to cover Canadian films because what’s the point if the theatre’s not showing it?
Filmmakers complain they can’t win an audience if they don’t get their movies shown in the theatres and written about by the press.


The Oxbow Cure
Directed by Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas, “The Oxbow Cure” is billed as a minimalist and entrancing character study. Suffering from a spine-threatening illness, Lena (Claudia Dey) retreats to a cabin in the wilderness.



The Dirties
Matt Johnson both directs and stars in “The Dirties,” a film about a gang of bullies—and how its victims plan to seek revenge.



Rhymes For Young Ghouls
Following teenage Alia (Kawennahere Devery Jacobs) as she plots against a tormenting Indian Agent, “Rhymes For Young Ghouls” juxtaposes the real with the surreal. Directed by Jeff Barnaby.



A widower (Thomas Haden Church) drives his snowplow into a snowy Quebec forest and proceeds to live as an outlaw. “Whitewash” is director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais’s feature debut.



Tom At The Farm
This psychological thriller follows Tom (director Xavier Dolan) as he heads to the Quebec countryside for his lover’s funeral. “Tom At The Farm” is said to be Dolan’s most rugged film to date.



Sarah Prefers to Run
Starring Sophie Desmarais as a young McGill student who messes up many aspects of her life and finds solace in running. Director Chloé Robichaud is participating in VIFF’s Film and Television Forum panel “Canuck First-Time Feature Film Directors” on Saturday, October 5.



Vic + Flo Saw A Bear
Two ex-cons attempt to live normal lives in the Quebec countryside in “Vic + Flo Saw A Bear.” DIrected by Denis Côté and starring Pierrette Robitaille, Romane Bohringer, and Marc-André Grondinb.



My Prairie Home
Canadian transgender country/pop artist Rae Spoon confronts memories of growing up in rural Alberta and enduring an abusive childhood home in “My Prairie Home.” Directed by Chelsea McMullan.

Writer/director Louise Archambault presents “Gabrielle,” an unusual love story between a young woman affected by Williams’ syndrome and a boy she meets in choir.



When I Walk
Filmmaker Jason DaSilva was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in late 2006. In “When I Walk,” he documents the ups and downs of his declining body—and the occasional miracle.