Crime Wave (John Paizs, 1985) | 2K Restoration Trailer



“Matchbox Cine Online: Tales from Winnipeg” features the online debut of Crime Wave’s 2K restoration, with new, director approved SDH, French subtitles and bonus content.

Online everywhere (except North America) 29th-31st August 2020.

One of the greatest and yet most perversely overlooked debuts in movie history, writer-director John Paizs’s Crime Wave announced the birth of a new genre in Canadian cinema: what cultural critic Geoff Pevere dubbed “prairie postmodernism.”

Crime Wave centers around an awkward loner, Steven Penny, who turns out bizarre scenarios for colour crime movies. Steven wants to turn on the best colour movie ever, but he has a problem, he can only write beginnings and ends to his scripts. No middles! Living above a family garage in suburbia and befriended by the landlord’s ten-year-old daughter, we see excerpts from a number of Steven’s scripts, zany ideas based on get-rich-quick schemes. Finally frustrated by his creative block, he sets out for Kansas to meet Dr Jolly, the script doctor.

Trailer edited by Sean Welsh (Matchbox Cine)

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