A film review of goin down the road by don shebib

In the glorious days of tax shelters and government support for the arts, Canadian films were free to be as unglamorous, gritty and down-to-earth as the underdogs they depicted. When the money ran dry, so did the depth; by the early s, Canada was mostly known for horror and exploitation films. Like Lynch, Shebib was mostly relegated to television work by the mids. Though poorly received critically, Shebib feels the sequel, made on a higher budget than its grainy predecessor, is the necessary completion to the original story.

A film review of goin down the road by don shebib

Directed by Donald Shebib. Tweet The early s were an important time for Canadian film.

A film review of goin down the road by don shebib

At a time when documentaries still ruled, Canadian directors rallied another attempt to create a feature film industry in their country.

Don Shebib started his career working as an associate editor for American International, the B-film studio that is most often associated with schlockmeister Roger Corman. While others did documentaries on more political topics, Shebib made among others a film called Surfin' and a documentary about a Toronto based motorcycle gang who were known to be the rivals of the Hell's Angels called Satan's Choice featuring music by The Sparrow, later known as Steppenwolf.

Was Shebib's association with Corman and his interest in popular culture the fire behind the low-budget phenomenon of Goin' Down The Road? While Jutra and the other Quebec filmmakers were worshipping Cocteau and Godard, Shebib began work on a documentary called The Maritimers, about the economic problems of East coast residents.

Eventually, Shebib decided to turn the film into a narrative. As the film begins with desolate shots of the Maritimes, we are introduced to Pete McGrath and Joey Bradleytwo uneducated blue collar dreamers from Nova Scotia.

On their friend's promise of jobs and prosperity in Toronto, they load up their rusted out car with not only a flamejob, but also "My Nova Scotia Home" painted on the side and head out west. It only takes Pete and Joey one beer-fueled opening credit sequence to get to Toronto. Pete calls his friend about getting a job, but is told that they chose to come at "a bad time.

While there, they look through the want-ads in the newspaper and are amazed by the number of jobs available. Since things have started to look up, they go to sleep happy, with plans for job hunting in the morning.

Pete's aspirations constantly outweigh his actual level of education and skill. It is obvious that while Pete desires a desk job, Joey has more of a happy-go lucky outlook, and is adept at making the best out of a situation.

To prove this, Pete goes to an advertising agency, where he is turned down due to his lack of education. When he meets Joey later that night, he finds that Joey has already got an unskilled job, loading and unloading bottles of pop in a factory.

Joey offers to try to get Pete hired, and they both go in the next day. Pete also seems to gravitate towards women who are too good for him. At the plant he becomes smitten with Nicole, a French-Canadian girl who works in the office.

That night, Pete and Joey go out with the other guys from the plant. Things start to look up again as Pete and Joey get their own place, and Joey begins dating Beth, an annoying waitress, played impeccably by Jayne Eastwood.

He tries to set Pete up with Beth's friend, but Pete is bored by her incessant chatter. Trying to regain control of his life, Joey manages to score a date with Nicole at the pop factory.

His co-workers are so impressed that they follow the pair around. What they don't see however, is inside the Yonge street disco club where Nicole dances, and Joey sits by himself drinking.

At the end of the date at her apartment, Nicole says goodnight and Joey waits in the shadows for his friends to drive away so they will think he spent the night with her. Things quickly go from bad to worse, as Joey tells Pete that Beth is pregnant and they have to get married. Then they get fired from their jobs, and all three have to move to a boarding house.

Pete keeps plugging away working at dead end jobs, but Beth is too pregnant to work and Joey just sits at home drinking beer and plunking his guitar. Down to their last dollar, Pete and Joey steal some groceries, but they can't seem to do that right either, getting into a fist-fight with the grocery clerk.

They hide out for the night, and when they make it back to the boarding house, they find all their furniture on the front lawn-- they have been kicked out. How does Goin' Down The Road avoid being a depressing film, despite it's subject matter?

Because Shebib gives his film a mythic quality. He uses precise sociological detail to turn this tragedy into a tale everyone can relate to coping with disappointment when you suddenly find yourself out of your element. Of course the likeable Pete and Joey help too. The movie is filmed with unflinching, steady camera movements shot with a shaky handheld camera.

The slightly washed out colour and grainy film quality just add more of a "real" aspect to the film, which seems to have more in common with B-movie making than anything else. When Pete and Joey first arrive, they are unable to interact with Toronto's culture.

For the first half of the film they try to fit in, but their alienation is distinctly apparent as shown in scenes like Pete's "date" with Nicole. The only place they seem able to function is in East coast-style bars, where the friends enjoy country and western performers singing about "My Nova Scotia Home."Goin' Down the Road" is a real marvel of low budget filmmaking, filmed for an estimated 87, Canadian dollars.

It has an ever present sense of melancholy as the two heroes think that maybe their dead end lives in the Maritimes weren't so bad after all. Feb 03,  · Shebib Going "Down The Road Again" 22 September | SneakPeek; See all related articles» Goin' Down the Road (uncredited) Music & lyrics by Bruce Cockburn by wyllys – See all my reviews.

This film remains vivid in my mind despite the nearly 30 years since I last saw it. I found it to be an amazingly realistic portrayal of how two /10(). Director Donald Shebib on the set of “Down the Road Again” “Down the Road Again” makes “Goin’ Down the Road” a better film, because it explains a lot of the unanswered questions in that film.

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Goin' Down the Road

DS: I don’t . Paul Lynch's slice-of-life film "The Hard Part Begins" (previously discussed in a profile of Lynch on this blog) may never have seen the light of day if not for Donald Shebib.

Three years earlier, Shebib directed and co-wrote "Goin' Down the Road," a downbeat tale of two drifters that is still considered to be. Book Review: Goin’ Down The Road to dive back into Goin’ Down the Road (), and to analyze the film’s remarkable legacy and the fallout for its main players after its celebrated debut.

Director and co-writer Don Shebib took his inspiration from the Maritimer community he saw living in Toronto, fish out of water who desperately. Feb 19,  · Don Shebib's "Goin' Down the Road" feels at times like a film realization of Studs Terkel's "Hard Times," until you remind yourself that the movie is fiction and the time is now.

It tells the story of two young men from Canada's Maritime Provinces who come to the big city, Toronto, lured by the 4/4.

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