A Cool Sound from Hell

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With live jazz pre-show performance and post-film Q&A

Director Sidney J. Furie’s (The Ipcress File, Iron Eagle) striking portrait of hipster Toronto in the 1950s was thought to be lost forever, before being uncovered in the archives of the British Film Institute in 2013. Furie’s camera follows a disillusioned youth named Charlie (Anthony Ray, son of Nicholas Ray) as he descends through Toronto’s beatnik scene into a drug-addled world of jazz and all-night parties. But after a drug deal at Union Station goes wrong, Charlie must decide who his friends really are.

Curated by Jazz FM’s Jaymz Bee, and inspired by the film’s Phil Nimmons score, The Great Bob Scott Quartet will perform lively variations of film scores before the film.

TIFF Senior Programmer, Steve Gravestock, will lead a Skype Q&A with director Sidney J. Furie following the film.

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“Furie was blazing a new path.”
- Canuxploitation
"Exude[s] a vigor, a raw ambition, an exuberance, and a glorious youthful impetuosity."
- Filmmaker Magazine
“A direct refutation of Toronto's squeaky-clean self-image.”
- Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer of Canadian Features at TIFF
Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
Featuring: Anthony Ray Madeline Kronby Carolyn Dannibale Albert D'Annibale Mel Benstock
Year: 1959 Runtime: 71 mins Rating: STC