By: Addison Wylie
Every film festival has movies that are so unusual, the audience wonders if the flicks will ever see the light of day. Kung Fu Elliot and Giuseppe Makes a Movie were those films for me at this past year’s Hot Docs Film Festival. The jury’s still out on a release for Giuseppe, but Elliot can be seen by many very soon.
It’s a doc that rolls with the punches – no pun intended. The flick starts off as an amusing entry about a strange cookie who has aspirations of becoming a world famous Canadian kung fu movie star. Kung Fu Elliot then – unexpectedly – swerves away from that story and embodies something more indescribable and destructible. It twisted my stomach into knots, but that’s a compliment towards this unique work.
In my review, I labeled Kung Fu Elliot as a one-time watch. However, after rummaging through my thoughts about this peculiar flick, I’d love to be a fly-on-the-wall when newcomers witness what unfolds.
If you live in Toronto, Peterborough, or North Bay, Kung Fu Elliot will be playing at a theatre near you. Click the venues for more details, and click here to read my original review.
TORONTO: Carlton Cinema starting on Friday, November 7
NORTH BAY: Doc North Film Festival on Sunday, November 16 at 3:00 pm
PETERBOROUGH: Market Hall on Thursday, November 20 at 8:00 pm