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 team favourites? Let us know your thoughts!
#6 - My Winnipeg
Have you ever wanted to relive your childhood and do things differently? Cult filmmaker Guy Maddin attempts to recreate the past, casting 1940s femme fatale Ann Savage (Detour) as his domineering mother and narrating a deeply personal travelogue about the cold prairie city where he grew up. Calling it a docu-fantasia, his film takes liberties with both history and geography, preferring instead to use the city as a metaphor for the self (something Clive Holden also does with Trains of Winnipeg)
My Winnipeg is both wacky and profoundly touching, mixing fact and fantasy, exaggeration and psychoanalysis, salacious gossip and camp humour. If you've followed Maddin's career, or discovered his work through the Top 100 Canadian Films (he has films at #53, #34, #29 and #25), you'll find his themes of predilection distilled to near-pefection here.
A film for anyone who's ever felt the need (but perhaps found it difficult) to leave their home town, My Winnipeg is a warped portrait of a place both real and imagined. With his unique, idiosyncratic style, silent-era obsessions and hyper-confessional tone, Maddin delivers his most accessible film yet. Like a dream, My Winnipeg is seductive, surreal and slightly shameful, a gateway into the weird and wonderful world of a true original.
- Matt Ravier
"Witty, moving and visually dazzling" - Empire
To see the other films in the countdown so far, click here.