Taking Shelter

Jonathan Culp

2014, 83:18 minutes, colour, English


Aliens, robots and frenzied seductresses as the missing links of Canuckfilm? That sounds like a Canadian movie classic all its own.” - Peter Howell, Toronto Star

“Some sort of temporal-lobe-seizure-inducing form of trance technology, with Christopher Plummer pulling the levers.” - Adrian Mack, Georgia Straight

Prepare to face the power of the ultimate dimension!

Breaking out of their imaginary purgatory, a disagreeable crew of aliens invade Canada, using the tools of cinema as weapons in a battle for colonial domination.

Fragments of 434 Canadian feature films are mashed into this 84 minute found-footage feature. All were produced between 1970 and 1989 – the infamous “tax shelter” years, when the government tried to create Hollywood North – and failed spectacularly.

Features “appearances” from dozens of familiar Canadian actors. Fasten your seat belts.

- 11 minutes of deleted scenes
- Yonge Street in the movies
- Kids on TV “Poison” video
- “Science Crazed” 5 minute digest
- Late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford explained with Canadian movies
- Interviews with Tax Shelter actors Lisa Langlois and Lesleh Donaldson

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Critical Writing

Canadian Film Week
by Janet Smith et al. The Georgia Straight, Apr 13, 2016.
Cancon Cinematic Crap Compressed into one Batshit Crazy Film
by Craig Takeuchi. The Georgia Straight, July 13, 2015.
Gimme (Tax) Shelter: The '70s and '80s Were an Especially Fertile...
by Jason Tannis. Fangoria, Nov 2011, no. 309.