Director: Gary BurnsWriter(s): Gary Burns, James Martin
Star(s): Fab Filippo, Don McKellar, Mayra Delver, Michelle Beaudoin
Four young office worker pals bet a month’s salary to see who can last the longest without going outside, in this wry and funny satire on modern-day office life and the very Canadian desire to stay inside where it’s warm.
Living in the maze-like downtown core of Calgary, the office workers’ world is full of interconnected skywalks between offices, apartment offices, apartment buildings, food courts and malls – making the bet possible, or perhaps even easy. But by lunchtime on the 24th day of the wager, as they prepare for their boss’s retirement party, the foursome has pretty much reached their breaking point. As the bet unravels, the desire for a breath of fresh air brings loyalties, values and relationships under highly comic scrutiny.
Waydowntown won Best Canadian Film at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for four Canadian Comedy Awards.
“A smart, sardonic satire.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Calgary-born writer and director Burns’ film credits include Kitchen Party, featuring Scott Speedman in his first starring role, The Suburbanators and Radiant City, which won the Genie Award for Best Documentary. Most recently, Burns co-directed The Future is Now!.
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