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Big Meat Eater

Presented by Lost Dominion Screening Collective. The film will be introduced by star Andrew Gillies!

This kitschy cult-comedy/sci-fi/horror/musical plays like an Ed Wood film mixed with a punk rock musical. In the fictional small town of Burquitlam, B.C., local butcher Bob (Dawson) hires a mysterious hulking assistant, Abdulla the Turk (jazz musician Clarence ‘Big’ Miller), who loves butchering a bit too much. Meanwhile, a teenage genius (Andrew Gillies) from a family of Moldovan immigrants conducts strange experiments with a stolen car – and that’s just the vague outline of a plot that ranges from mildly bizarre to completely absurd. Oh, and yes, it’s a musical.

Poster for the 1982 cult comedy musical Big Meat EaterBig Meat Eater was shot in White Rock, B.C. on 16mm stock and was ‘blown up’ to 35mm for its Canada/U.K./U.S. release. Unfortunately, the American distributor lost the only 35mm internegative, but after years of obscurity, Library and Archives Canada embarked on a full digital restoration of the film, painstakingly recreating the director’s cut. The original 16mm film elements were scanned in 2K High Definition, and scenes were re-synched, colour-timed and edited in proper sequence with a digitally remixed soundtrack, exceeding the quality of the original release. There’s no better way to discover the magic, and the delightful horror, of the Big Meat Eater.

– Lost Dominion Screening Collective

 

Actor Andrew Gillies will introduce the film. In addition to being in dozens of movies and TV shows since Big Meat Eater, including Orphan Black and 12 Monkeys, Andrew was at the Shaw Festival for 12 seasons and acted in numerous Stratford and other theatrical productions. Big Meat Eater was one of his first features.

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