The power of the blacklist finally dissipated when two Hollywood powerhouses of the time, director Otto Preminger and actor Kirk Douglas, bravely defied political pressure by publicly crediting Dalton Trumbo as the writer for creating the screenplays for Exodus and Spartacus respectively. When Kirk Douglas was threatened of being boycotted, he quoted the famous line from his movie when he said "You can't replace me, I AM Spartacus". This as well as several other scenes caused the audience in our screening to erupt in applause.
Anyone failing to make a match within that time period is turned into an animal of his choosing and set loose in "The Woods". The inmates are given a chance to extend their deadlines by hunting for escapees. Shooting runaways with a tranquilizer gun and recapturing one gains you an extra day. The generally accepted criteria for forming a couple in this strange society is based on a shared physical or personality defect such as having a limp, speaking with a lisp or being prone to nosebleeds.
David's attempts to find a soulmate grow more desperate as time runs out, to the point where he fakes having a cruel and heartless nature in order to be paired by a female sadist. When David is unable to keep up the charade and reacts emotionally to a horrific act perpetuated by the sadist to test him, he decides to escape. Almost captured, he is aided by a rogue group of loners who live in The Woods, bound by rules where relationships and emotional attachments are strictly forbidden and punishable by severe physical torture. This sounds fine to David after what he has been through, until he meets his true love and soulmate, a woman played by Rachel Weiss who shares his limitation of shortsightedness.
Canstage theatre production last year. In 2006, during a period when a serial killer murdered five prostitutes in Ipswich, U.K., the playwright taped a series of interviews with the townspeople to gauge their reactions during the man hunt, capture and trial of the suspect. She created the songs and dialogue for the musical by taking the text word for word from the interviews, including nervous tics, coughs, giggles and hesitations such as "umm..", "er..", "you know", or "like". The resulting songs are operatic in style, with lines of dialogue repeated multiple times.
The Q&A was attended by 3 of the 4 children as well as the real Mohammad Assaf himself. We learned that while Assaf's voice was used for the singing, he declined the chance to play himself in the movie, deciding to leave the acting to real actors. The director explained that the female actress who played the sister was unable to attend the festival due to immigration issues and that even Assaf, who was granted a diplomatic UN passport after his victory, barely received his Visa into Canada in time.
Max is reluctantly convinced by her friends to attend a tribute screening of her mother's most famous film "Camp Bloodbath", a cheesy slasher flick set in a summer camp, where a supernatural being stalks and kills the camp counselors, especially those who engage in sexy or sexual acts. It turns out the killer is the evil spirit of a nerdy camp kid named Billy, who was bullied and badly burned back in 1957 and has been exacting his revenge throughout the years. Amanda plays the role of shy, guitar-playing Nancy, who is killed in the movie shortly after losing her virginity. As per the tropes of this psycho-killer genre, Billy will continue his reign of terror until the last potential victim, usually depicted as a courageous and virginal "final girl", is able to defeat him.
While they search for ways to vanquish the killer and escape the movie, Max also gets the opportunity to connect with Nancy (a.k.a. her mother). The heart of the movie comes in the interactions between Max and Amanda, while the humour is generated by quirky camp counselors including smarmy, lascivious Kurt and stereotypically ditsy dumb blonde Tina, who performs the most hilarious striptease in an attempt to lure the killer out into the open. The arrival of Max and her group changes the plot of the Camp Bloodbath, causing characters to die out of turn. When the movie's intended final girl is killed prematurely, Max and Amanda unite to step up and take over this role. Parodying the idea of being trapped in a movie, concepts such as the flashback scene, rolling credits and the movie sequel are cleverly incorporated into the story line.