One of the greatest and yet most perversely overlooked debuts in English Canadian movie history, writer-director John Paizs’s Crime Wave announced the birth of a new genre in Canuck cinema – Matchbox Cineclub have unearthed a rare treasure and want to spread the Crime Wave love this Scalarama.
John Paizs, 1985, Canada, 80 mins
Synopsis: Crime Wave centres around an awkward loner, Steven Penny, who turns out bizarre scenarios for colour crime movies. Steven wants to turn in the best colour crime movie ever, but he has a problem – he can only write beginnings and ends to his scripts. No middles! Living above a family garage in suburbia and befriended by the landlord’s ten-year-old daughter, we see excerpts from a number of Steven’s scripts, zany ideas based on get-rich-quick schemes. Finally frustrated by his creative block, he sets out for Kansas to meet Dr Jolly, the script doctor.
When available to screen from: 1st September
Terms: $250 Canadian versus 35% of box office.
How to book: DCP tour: Sean Welsh (email@example.com); DVD: Monica Lowe, Winnipeg Film Group (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Any logos/publicity requirements: DCP tour: Matchbox Cineclub, Winnipeg Film Group (quad poster in production, to feature all dates on tour).
Images / trailer / poster available? DCP tour poster in production; trailer in production; other marketing materials available.
Complimentary programming ideas? There are a number of excellent John Paizs shorts featuring his “quiet man” character, particularly Springtime In Greenland (1981). These are collected on theThree Worlds of Nick DVD and are also available to book via Winnipeg Film Group.