and Rick Roberts
A Shadow Shows Production
Directed By Bruce McDonald
Written By Tony Burgess
Produced By Jeffrey Coghlan, Ambrose Roche
Executive Producer Henry Cole, J. Miles Dale, Jasper Graham, Isabella Smejda
Shadow Shows Executive Dany M. Chiasson
Editor Jeremiah Munce
Director of Photography Miroslaw Baszak
Production Designer Lea Carlson
Original Score by Claude Foisy
2009 | 35mm | Color | 96 Minutes
Canadian Distributor: Search Engine Films
U.S. Distributor: IFC Midnight
Netherlands Distributors: Remain In Light
Shock jock Grant Mazzy has, once again, been kicked-off the Big City airwaves and now the only job he can get is the early morning show at CLSY Radio in Pontypool, Ontario, which broadcasts from the basement of the small town’s only church.
What begins as another boring day of school bus cancellations, due to yet another massive snow storm, quickly turns deadly when reports start piling in of people developing strange speech patterns and evoking horrendous acts of violence start piling in. But there’s nothing coming in on the news wires. Is this really happening?
Before long, Grant and the small staff at CLSY find themselves trapped in the radio station as they discover that this insane behaviour taking over the town is actually a deadly virus being spread through the English language itself.
Do they stay on the air in the hopes of being rescued or, are they in fact providing the virus with its ultimate leap over the airwaves and into the world??
Toronto International Film Festival (World Premiere)
South By Southwest Film Festival (US Premiere)
3 NOMINATIONS – Best Director, Best Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Genie Awards
WINNER – Best Actor, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival
WINNER – Best Canadian Film, Edmonton International Film Festival
“One of my favorite films at this year’s well-mannered Canadian festival of international cinema too-muchness has been a crazy-cool, low-budget, under-the-radar brainy Canadian horror flick called Pontypool… Think of this witty, economically gory little tour de force as 28 Days Later written by
linguist Noam Chomsky.”
Lisa Schwartzbaum, Entertainment Weekly