RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS Honoured As One Of Canada's Top Ten
|(Left to Right): John Christou, Jeff Barnaby, Glen Gould, Aisling Chin-Yee, and Brandon Oakes|
Writer/Director Jeff Barnaby's Feature Film Debut Receives Enthusiastic Festival Support
Toronto, December 3, 2013 – CFC (Canadian Film Centre) is pleased to announce that RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS has been named to Canada's Top 10, a retrospective highlighting the ten feature films and ten short films deemed the “Best of” 2013 by a jury of film industry professionals. The announcement was made today at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
The announcement comes on the heels of RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS' strong showing on the festival circuit, where it had its World Premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter claimed it to be “a breakout hit”, and The Globe and Mail heralded the film as “the arrival of genuine cinematic intelligence”. The film later shared the prize for Best First Canadian Feature at the Vancouver International Film Festival. The dramatic feature also screened at Cinéfest Sudbury, imagineNATIVE, the Atlantic Film Festival, the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, the Calgary International Film Festival, and Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinéma.
Starring the newly discovered Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, Glen Gould ("One Dead Indian"), and Brandon Oakes ("Into the West"), RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS is set on the fictional Red Crow Mi'gMaq reservation in the year 1976. By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 18 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna's. That means being at the mercy of “Popper”, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school. At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her “truancy tax”, keeping her out of St. D's. But when Aila's drug money is stolen and her father Joseph returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila's world is destroyed. Her only options are to run or fight ... and Mi'gMaq don't run.
Canada's Top Ten Film Festival celebrates and promotes contemporary Canadian cinema and is intended to raise public awareness of Canadian achievements in film. The festival runs Friday, January 3 to Sunday, January 12 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
A Prospector Films production distributed in Canada by Les Films Seville with international sales being handled by Entertainment One Films International, RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS is written and directed by Jeff Barnaby (The Colony, File Under Miscellaneous), and produced by John Christou (Up the Yangtze, File Under Miscellaneous, Sorry Rabbi) and Aisling Chin-Yee (Three Mothers, Sorry Rabbi). The Executive Producer for CFC is Justine Whyte. RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS is the 20th feature film production developed and financed through CFC Features.
CFC Features is supported by Entertainment One. Development is supported by the Government of Ontario. Production is supported by Bell Media's The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central.
For more information on Canada's Top 10 and to purchase tickets, please visit: tiff.net/topten