In the lead up to the 7th Canadian Film Festival in Australia (August 2012), join us as we countdown the Top 100 Canadian Films of the past 30 years. We'll be posting one film a day leading up to Canada Day on July 1st 2012. Do you agree with our staff favourites? Let us know your thoughts!
#86 - Beauty Day
Beauty Day is a super funny and thought provoking documentary about a "Jackass" style adventure man and his homemade TV series, "Cap'n Video."
Ontario's Ralph Zavadil sets out to make a TV show that focuses on stunts he performs in his own backyard. Zavadil sets up a tripod, does a little intro to camera, then performs stomach-turning tricks. Stunts include antics such as diving through a TV, licking chocolate off puppies, and snorting raw eggs.
Director Jay Cheel, follows "Cap'n Video" as he sets out to relaunch his career. It has been a while between drinks and he wants to celebrate the anniversary of the show by bringing it back on air. The story is more then a series of absurd stunts. Cheel takes viewers on an interesting journey as we discover the life behind the in-your-face character. We see him reunite with an estranged lover, discuss being diagnosed with cancer, and get arrested for his backyard marijuana grow op...
The director intertwines old footage of "Cap'n Video" with snippets of Zavadil's current life and the process of putting together the new show.
The film is a riot. People who love Jackass will be pumped to see this cracker of a 40-year-old punch out some zany antics. They will also be shocked to know that this guy was setting hairs on fire and jumping off objects way before Johnny Knoxville was rocking it.
The movie leaves you feeling kind of empowered, like you want to go out and take life a little less seriously.
I didn't want to snort an egg after watching the film but I did feel like punching around on a motorised skateboard...
"While the TV show highlights are amusing, director Cheel wisely offers glimpses into other aspects of Zavadil's life..." - (Linda Barnard, Toronto Star)
Beauty Day had its Australian premiere at teh 6th Possible Worlds Film Festival in 2011, with director Jay Cheel in attendance.
To see the other films in the countdown so far, click here.