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Bruce McDonald

  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2010
  • Language: English
  • Producer: Jennifer Jonas, Leonard Farlinger
  • Executive Producer: Bryan Gliserman, Callum Keith Rennie, Dany Chiasson, Hugh Dillon
  • Screenplay: Daniel MacIvor
  • Runtime: 78
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Molly Parker and the late Tracy Wright form a highly dysfunctional yet endearing rock duo reuniting a decade after their band called it quits. Directed by Bruce McDonald (Pontypool, The Tracey Fragments, Hard Core Logo, Highway 61), and written by Daniel MacIvor, the film features Sarah Polley, Don McKellar and Callum Keith Rennie.

FriendshipGenderWomenMusic & MusicalAddiction & Drugs

screening times

    • Sunday September 12
    • 5:30:00 PM
    • Tiff Bell LightBox 1
    • Saturday September 18
    • 12:45:00 PM

Note: indicates Premium Screening.

official description

Kat (Molly Parker) and Vic (the late, great Tracy Wright) are two rock and rollers who once shared a friendship, a band and a whole lot of bedlam. A dozen years after the breakup of their band, Trigger, the lovable yet dysfunctional duo reunite to rediscover their friendship, relive their rock and roll memories and reignite bits of their wild past.

The pretext to the reunion is a benefit concert in Toronto. The nostalgic Kat, who now works as a music producer in Los Angeles, seems almost too thrilled about the event, while her sour ex-partner, Vic (a pitch-perfect performance by Wright as a kind of Toronto Chrissie Hynde) needs a little encouragement. McDonald – a longtime music fanatic who pitched a variation on My Dinner with Andre to screenwriter Daniel MacIvor – films their rendezvous at a hip, high-rise restaurant with great verve. The restaurant is too chic for the simple Vic, but perfectly reflects Kat’s oversized ego. Their difficult and sometimes spiteful discussion – which touches on punctuality, egoism, sacrifice and opportunism – resuscitates their rivalry and their long-dormant demons: alcohol and drugs.

Their conversation is so captivating that we could spend the evening listening to them, but there is a concert to rock, so the duo hits the streets: first to Vic’s apartment, where we meet her writer boyfriend (Don McKellar, in a playful appearance); then to the concert hall, where the women butt heads with the show’s blasé stage manager (the great Sarah Polley in a memorable cameo). Finally, they hit the stage for a performance that neither of them would have thought possible an hour earlier.

McDonald, who’s now expert at crafting genre-bending music and concert films, builds this captivating story from the foundation of its characters: Vic’s bohemian authenticity and Kat’s careerist opportunism. The third central character is the city itself. This is a Toronto with Queen Street West as its central meridian, tilting between glossy display and grotty corners of creative truth – just like these two remarkable women. Tracy Wright acted in McDonald’s very first feature, Roadkill, in 1989. She died as Trigger was being completed. Knowing that he was directing her for the last time, it is as if McDonald designed the film as a tribute to all the elements Wright brought to the screen – her heat, her light, her darkness and especially her cool.

Martin Bilodeau

director bio

Bruce McDonald was born in Kingston, Ontario. He has worked extensively in television and has been a maverick on the Canadian film scene since his breakthrough feature Roadkill won the Toronto-City Award for best Canadian feature at the Festival in 1989. His other films include Highway 61 (91), Dance Me Outside (94), Hard Core Logo (96), Picture Claire (01), The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess (04), The Tracey Fragments (07), which was named one of Canada’s Top Ten films that year, Pontypool (08) and Trigger (10).

full credits

Principal Cast: Tracy Wright, Molly Parker, Don McKellar, Callum Keith Rennie, Sarah Polley
Jennifer Jonas, Leonard Farlinger
Executive Producer:
Bryan Gliserman, Callum Keith Rennie, Dany Chiasson, Hugh Dillon
Jonathon Cliff
Matthew Hannam
Jane Tattersall, Lou Solakofski, Matt Chan
Brendan Canning
Production Designer:
Rob Gray

Canadian Distributor:
 eOne Films    
Production Company:
United Orange Inc.
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