Waydowntown (2000)

GARY BURNS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5

Canada, 2000.  Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Burns Film Ltd., CFCN Production Fund, CITY-TV, Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Canadian Television, Odeon Films, Téléfilm Canada.  Screenplay by Gary Burns, , .  Cinematography by Patrick McLaughlin.  Produced by Gary Burns, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Crafty little comedy seeks to explore how long one can survive without fresh air. Four office colleagues enter a bet that will determine who can last the longest in their city’s business core without ever going outside. All major buildings in downtown Calgary are linked by walkways and underground plazas, making for a completely insulated world where people never have to step outside in order to acquire any of life’s necessities. At the start of the film, all four are experiencing day 24 and trying to see who’s going to freak out first. What this clever film does, however, is convince the viewer that they too are running out of breathing space. Terrific performances and a bouncy pace combine with handheld digital camera recording to produce a very enjoyable experience.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2000

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