RELEASE DATE: TBA
GENRE: FEATURE LENGTH DOCUMENTARY
PRODUCERS: Francesco Giannini, Xavier Mendik , Deke Richards.
TAGLINE: The real story on the hidden history of Canadian Cult Films.
With Jason Eisener’s recent vigilante shocker Hobo with a Shotgun (2011) blasting its way across the international movie scene alongside the 2010 Hollywood redub of Andre Link’s classic maple splatter flick my Bloody Valentine, critical attention is now finally being paid to Canada’s recent crop of current cult movies. Thanks to the successes of both Eisener’s work, as well as the transnational successes of the teen wolf Gingersnaps films (2000-2003), global attention is now being paid to the innovative cycles of Canadian national cinema collectively known as ‘Canuxsploitation.’
However, despite an explosion of interest in contemporary Canuxsploitation cinema, there has yet to be a single in-depth documentary which critically considers the social, political and cultural factors that spawned the innovative and yet unsettling Canadian films of 1970s and early 1980s, or that specifically explores how the tax shelter funding scheme generated more than a decade of celluloid cult carnage.
Harlots, Howlers and Hobos: Canuxploitation in the Tax Shelter Era is the first feature-length documentary that fully explores how the toxic social and political Canadian context after 1968 created some of the most nihilistic and imaginative Canadian cult films of the 1970s and 80s and beyond.