The latest feature from Ontario–born Bruce McDonald – whose 2008 foray into the horror genre, Ponytpool, remains one of the most inventive inversions of the zombie film to date – Weirdos is a stunning monochrome coming–of–age road movie that begins in small–town Nova Scotia, circa 1976.
On the weekend of America’s Bicentennial celebrations, 15–year–old Kit (Dylan Authors) and his girlfriend Alice (Julia Sarah Stone) embark upon a hitchhiking odyssey to far–flung Sydney to visit Kit’s wildly eccentric mother, Laura (Molly Parker), with his spirit animal Andy Warhol coming along for the ride. However, as the couple embarks upon their spontaneous adventure, Kit must confront aspects of himself and his own sexuality as adulthood rapidly looms over the two of them.
Following on from its debut at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Weirdos garnered six nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards, picking up both Best Supporting Actress (Molly Parker) and Best Original Screenplay for Daniel MacIvor’s endlessly inventive script. Boasting luscious photography, heart–wrenching performances and a killer 1970s soundtrack, Weirdos is one of the latest gems of New Canadian Cinema.