£5 | Fri 10 November | Tickets available on the door.
John Paizs | Canada | 1985 | 1hr 20min | PG
Doors 6.30pm, 7pm film start. Unit 4 Towerdykeside, Hawick, TD9 9EA
One of the greatest and yet most perversely overlooked debuts in English Canadian movie history, writer-director John Paizs’ Crime Wave announced the birth of a new genre in Canuck cinema: what cultural critic Geoff Pevere dubbed “prairie postmodernism.”
The plot concerns Steven (John Paizs), who desperately wants to be a “colour crime movie writer”, but can only write beginnings and endings of his screenplays – until an adoring fan (his landlord’s daughter Kim, played by Eva Kovacs) befriends him. Through a series of adventures – and the intervention of the evil Dr Jolly – he finds the strength to go on.
Crime Wave’s recent restoration by TIFF debuted to a rapturous reception during Glasgow Film Festival 2017, programmed by Matchbox Cineclub, a monthly cult film night based in Glasgow. Still unavailable on DVD, VOD or streaming, Paizs’ lost classic now comes to Hawick.
Matchbox Cineclub programmer Sean Welsh will be in attendance to introduce the film and for a post-screening chat.
Tickets are £5. Advance booking is available here.
Next screening: Further Beyond on Thur 23 November.