5 Canadian Film Stories for St. Patrick’s Day

There’s a lot of real life on view in the film news today:

  • Funny documentaries? Well, this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival will feature several about comedy and comedians, says the Globe and Mail, though these don’t gloss over the struggles and dark side. The festival will also present films that look at cyberbullying, an online vigilante mob, and the sugar industry, among others. It runs from April 23rd to May 3rd in Toronto; read more about it here.
  • The earliest surviving film made in Canada — also the first film ever with an all aboriginal cast — In the Land of  the Head Hunters — was lost from sight for  years after not doing well on its 1914 release. (The critics apparently liked it, though.) But it’s been restored and screened recently at Concordia University. Read about it in The Link, here.
  • Tribute.ca has some rumours about an ” upcoming Canadian bank heist film, The Life and Times of the Stopwatch Gang” — read about them, after scrolling down a bit, here.
  • Hockey Wives premiers on W tomorrow night (Wednesday the 18th), with a look at the lives of 10 women who do a lot more than sit at rinkside — read and watch at Hello! Canada, here. (Scroll down to “Don’t Miss.”)
  • Drake wants lost footage of his performances to stay lost — at least, he had nothing to do with the release of Homecoming, the film that’s hitting theatres on Friday. Read about the rapper’s efforts to distance himself from the project at ET Canada’s blog here.

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