The movie TRAILER PARK BOYS: COUNTDOWN TO LIQUOR DAY just won Telefilm's Golden Box Office Award for most English box office of any Canadian film last year, coming in at $2.9 million.
Since Denis has gone off the air (and effed off to browner pastures down South), it falls upon me to point out that TRAILER PARK BOYS is the show that Jim Shaw doesn't think should be funded by the CMF, because it's dumb, ignorant, and obscene. (Although once he buys Global, he'll probably want that money, anyway.)
I say it's culture, and God bless'em.
Let's couch this in terms the executives understand:
What was the negative cost of the picture?
How many territories have purchased the film? What's left?
If that $2.9M figure means that the movie makes money (and yes, there are a lot of thumbs in that pie) than you have a solid argument / point of debate.
Budget was $5M, and it will probably do well on DVD, so I think it's going to make money.
My point though was that Canadians really like the Boys, ergo they are Canadian culture, ergo Jim Shaw shouldn't object that their show gets support from Canadian cultural agencies, especially when those cultural agencies are trying to hit certain very low box office thresholds.
Hey, Alex. Decided to resurrect my blog and add my voice to the great Canadian debate about our industry. A little cross-polination would be appreciated. Even if it's just to share my letter that appeared in The Gazette this week.
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