More from Canada's Top Ten

Two more Canadian flicks from Canada's Top Ten expecting theatrical releases in 2005 are It's All Gone Pete Tong and ScaredSacred.

Pete Tong, directed by Michael Dowse (Fubar) is a "biopic" of a DJ, Frankie Wilde, who loses his hearing and hence his livelihood, wife and son. Featuring interviews with real British DJs telling Frankie's story, it's funny and boasts a kick-ass soundtrack and a scene wherein Frankie finally goes completely deaf that had me clapping my hands over my ears.

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In ScaredSacred, director Velcrow Ripper wanted to explore how humans react to tragedy, how their religion can corrupt and destroy their societies, and especially how their faith sustains them. He visits such parts of the world as Afghanistan, to talk about the Taliban; Bhopal, India, to talk about the Union Carbide chemical disaster; Cambodia, to discuss the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge regime, and New York, during the days following September 11, 2001.

Although the film is beautiful in its sadness and message of hope, the theme of faith does not entirely bind the film together, and significantly absent is any mention of either Africa or South America. In the Q&A following the film, Ripper said many of the sites he filmed wound up on the cutting room floor. It's to be hoped that the book he is writing about his journeys will rectify the exclusion of many of the world's victims of poverty and religious strife.


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