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Black Bridge
Black Bridge '84: The Year of the Banger

Canada 2006
produced by
Kevin Doherty for Magic Toaster Productions
directed by Kevin Doherty
starring Adam Smoluk, Raimey Gallant, Jason Malloy, Mike Silver, Jennifer Pudavick, James Clayton (as Clayton Champagne), Orlando Carriera, Natasha Reske-Naurocki, David Stuart Evans, Spencer Maybee, Mike Cunningham, Zenon Hudyma, Kierin Kocourek, Kelly Wolfman, Alan MacKenzie, William O'Donnell, Aislynn O'Neill, , Priscilla Yakielashek, Katherine Curtis-Ament, Mary Bala (voice), Nicole Gauthier, Amy Couldwell, Gloria Brincheski, Allen Heppner, Victoria Price, Matt Plouffe, Joyce Murphy, Bill Hrenchuck, Scotty Newlands (as Scott Cameron), Dave Ratte, Rydell Lasko, Darren Felbel, Sarah Panton (voice), Michel Roziere, Collette Roziere
written by Kevin Doherty

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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High school student Adrian (Adam Smoluk) and his friends Clive (Jason Malloy), Eddie (Mike Silver), Tracey (Jennifer Pudavick) and Gomer (Clayton Champagne) and Sammy (Orlando Carriera) love nothing more than hanging out listening (and banging their heads) to heavy metal, partying and experimenting with drugs. And sometimes they get into fights with students of the other local high school, something Adrian refuses to participate as he hates his school as it is, so why defend it. Things come to a head when they're partying at the Black Bridge and a gang from that other school viciously attacks, beating everyone who can't get away quick enough black and blue, and winning the fight by mere strength in numbers. Adrian and his friends all get away, but Vinnie (Spencer Maybee), leader of a dangerous rocker gang, and his 12 year old brother Mikey (Kierin Kocourek) virtually perish in the fight. Our heroes slightly freak out when rumours arise they might be dead, and with all of them having been at the party, they're of course logical suspects, so they try to clear up things using a ouija board - but that's really the start of things going from downhill into freefall ...


The best way to casually describe Black Bridge is probably to liken it to Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused, as both films are drug-fueled coming-of-age stories between comedy and drama and both breathe the indie spirit - but that's really only scratching the surface, there are plenty more differences than this movie being in black and white, set in the 80s and carried by an all-metal soundtrack: Fact is, this film tells an engaging and original story that seems to meander a bit at first but really comes to a head in the third act, and that's really got it's characters right without falling back on stupid clichées. And while I don't know if any of the movie's plot is based on personal experience of the writer/director, it's very clear he has lived through that era and been a metal head, thanks also to a rather awesome attention to detail.

Worth a look for sure.




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