28. July 2015 · Comments Off on Pat Mills’ ‘Guidance’ · Categories: Feature Films · Tags: , , ,
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patmills2A truly hilarious addition to the reprobate-comedy genre, Guidance focuses on David Gold (writer-director-star Pat Mills, the 2008 winner of Telefilm Canada’s PITCH THIS!), a former child star who now lurches from one bottom-of-the-barrel voice-over gig to the next, usually in an alcohol-fuelled stupor. About to get kicked out of his dump of an apartment, he happens upon a motivational tape and, newly inspired, decides to pass himself off as a guidance counsellor at Grusin High, a school desperate for someone to deal with its problem students. — TIFF

Pat Mills was born in Ottawa and graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto. Guidance is his feature directorial debut and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 and screened in Cannes earlier this year. Mills who plays the lead in the film was nominated for a 2015 ACTRA Award for his performance.

Here’s an interview with Pat Mills posted by The Eyeopener.

Here’s the trailer for the film.


We have re-branded the festival. Please join us at the Ottawa Canadian🍁 Film Festival.

135e27_31fd9aea7bad45f0a3119070fbdb0dd0.jpg_srz_p_594_920_75_22_0.50_1.20_0Inspired by true events, Black Fly is a film about a troubled teenager and his older brother reconnecting and setting off a powder keg of buried secrets, paranoia and murder. Described by Telefilm as Canada’s Winter’s Bone, Black Fly is loosely inspired by writer / director Jason Bourque’s experiences growing up next to a serial killer in rural New Brunswick.

The film was nominated for Best Canadian Feature Film, and Best BC Film at VIFF 2014 where Borque was also nominated for Best BC Emerging Filmmaker.  Black Fly was also selected by Telefilm Canada as one of ten films to be presented at The 10th Perspectives Canada at Cannes this year.

Interview with director Jason Bourque from the film’s official website.

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