Director: Michael MabbottWriter(s): Jonathan Sobol
Star(s): Douglas Smith, Devon Bostic, Vivica A. Fox, Donal Logue
A quirky comedy with a lot of heart, Citizen Duane tells the tale of Duane Balfour (Smith), a teenager with big dreams born into a family of spectacular failures. What starts out as a simple schoolyard rivalry snowballs out of control when Duane decides to run for mayor of his tiny town of Ridgeway. To succeed, he must not only overcome powerful political opponents, but also his own insecurities.
Duane’s favourite teacher (Fox), his girlfriend and even his mom try to dissuade him from his goal, but Duane’s irrepressible desire to challenge the powers that be is too strong. With the help of his misfit uncle (Logue), he just might stand a chance of becoming a credible candidate!
“Napoleon Dynamite — Canuck style!”
— Jim Slotek, Sun Media
I think every high school in Canada should have an event like this each year. I LOVED CITIZEN DUANE!!!
— Grade 10 student, R.H. King Academy, Toronto
Writer/director Mabbott made his debut with 2005’s The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico, winning Best Canadian First Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival. He followed with Citizen Duane and television shows like The Yard. His short documentary Music Lessons premiered at Hot Docs 2015.
- Civics - 10
- Politics - 11, 12