Plus short film Nero
In 1974, acclaimed film director Brian De Palma created the glam-horror-rock 'n' roll musical Phantom of the Paradise, featuring a starring role and songs from musical legend Paul Williams (the award-winning writer behind classic songs like "We've Only Just Begun", "Rainy Days and Mondays," and "Rainbow Connection"). On release, the film landed with a mighty thud and quickly disappeared back from whence it came and this would be where the story ended if it weren't for the brave denizens of the small and frigid Canadian city of Winnipeg who didn't get the memo. Instead, local kids (shockingly between the ages of 9-13) turned the film into an enduring phenomenon with local box office grosses larger than the studio blockbuster Jaws.
Phantom of Winnipeg tells the story of the unique fan community that sprung up around the film and the people whose rock 'n' roll obsessions are still going strong decades later. This documentary is an exploration of an outsider community and the very DNA of fan culture itself told via the true life stories of those fateful Winnipeg kids who just got it, the cast and the creative team behind the original film who saw it all go down first-hand, and those who swear that Winnipeg was definitely on to something.
- Commences Tuesday, 15 Oct 2019
- Rating E
- Genre To Be Advised
- Running Time 96