Free Tickets to CANADA NOW Film Festival in London
The programme presents the very best in new Canadian cinema and we are delighted to be able to offer WFTV members a limited number of free pairs of tickets to three female-directed films screening in the programme:
Sgaawaay K’uuna/Edge of the Knife
Co-dir. Helen Haig-Brown
Thursday 25 April, 8:45pm
Set in the 19th century on the island of Haida Gwaii on British Columbia’s north Pacific coast, Edge of the Knife is the legendary indigenous tale of Adiits’ii, who retreats alone into the forest after a tragic accident at sea takes the life of his beloved nephew. Wracked with grief and hounded by spirits, he slowly transforms himself into the Wildman, or Gaagiixiit. Will he ever be forgiven? Can he forgive himself? Can he ever re-enter his community? A daring, groundbreaking film made entirely in two dialects of a nearly extinct Haida language (note: 2019 is UNESCO’s the Year of Indigenous Languages), Edge of the Knife is a startling, absorbing drama; from the producers of The Fast Runner and Searchers.
Hugh Hefner’s After Dark: Speaking Out in America
Dir. Brigitte Berman
Friday 26 April, 6:30pm
From Brigitte Berman, Oscar winning director of Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got (1985), comes this remarkable documentary of one of America’s most influential and controversial cultural icons, Hugh Hefner. In addition to its considered portrait of Hefner as a man of his times who also transcended them, this film features an incredible array of archival footage from Hugh Hefner’s landmark TV series, Playboy’s Penthouse (1959-1960) and Playboy After Dark (1968-1970). Amongst the martinis and bonhomie, Hefner’s shows offered urgent cultural and political commentaries from pop culture luminaries such as Lenny Bruce, Dick Gregory, and Gore Vidal, as well as sensational live musical performances by Nina Simone, Joan Baez, Steppenwolf, Ray Charles, and Sammy Davis, Jr.
Dir. Patricia Rozema
Saturday 27 April, 7:30pm
Faced with the sudden death of her mother and wrestling with the daunting responsibility of delivering the eulogy, aspiring writer Cassandra finds solace and inspiration in her imagination and in her memory, which rapidly become indistinguishable. As the funeral service approaches, Cassandra’s conflicted, complex reflections on and memories of her mother intensify and push her life in new and unexpected directions. Moving back and forth in time, the film’s multifaceted narrative probes the intimacies and emotional complexities of how we remember, what we remember, and why we remember. Based on the award-winning play by Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken (who also brilliantly co-star in the film as two ‘versions’ of Cassandra), Mouthpiece is an inventive, engaging narrative of personal rebirth from the acclaimed director of I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing, Grey Gardens, and Into The Forest.
Filmmakers will be in attendance to introduce their films and take part in Q&As after each screening. The complete festival line-up can be found here.
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If you would like to request a pair of tickets to one, two or all thee of the screenings, please e-mail Charlotte Reed email@example.com stating the title of the film(s) you would like tickets to and ‘WFTV’ in the body of your e-mail.
Tickets are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
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