Director Ashley McKenzie will be in attendance at the screening on Sun 19 Feb.
Ashley McKenzie’s debut feature is the story of outcast homeless 20-somethings, Blaise and Vanessa, Cape Breton drug addicts on a methadone recovery program. Sleeping in tents, fighting with government bureaucrats, they survive primarily through the underground economy. They harass people to let them cut their grass with a rusty old mower. They both dream of moving on and away from themselves and their addiction, but despite Vanessa’s efforts Blaise becomes more self destructive. McKenzie’s film is stark and doesn’t romanticise the characters or their situation. An uncomfortable but compelling look at blighted lives.