(March 25, 2015 – Toronto, ON) We doubt anyone reading this will not have heard of The British Invasion. Spearheaded by The Beatles in the 1960s, an invasion of sorts took place when British rock ‘n’ roll replaced an almost exclusive grasp on the radio dial long held by American singers and bands. The upside, after knocking Canadian music just about off the dial, is there was growing pressure on the broadcast regulator to guarantee a place on radio for Canadian music and in 1972 content rules came into being. Any successful Canadian musician can trace their success, in part, to that year and that regulation. But don’t think The Cocksure Lads Movie is a documentary.
With all that history obviously rumbling around in the head of musician-filmmaker Murray Foster when he sat down to write his first feature screenplay out came The Cocksure Lads Movie and it launches the 2015 Canadian Film Festival tonight in Toronto.
A non-profit organization devoted to the celebration, promotion and advancement of Canadian filmmaking talent, the CFF exclusively screens Canadian films with the goal to provide filmmakers with valuable showcasing and networking opportunities and to offer the public homegrown productions to view and enjoy. And it has been successful over the years.
“The CFF has expanded from three to four days, and this year’s lineup is a testament to the wealth of diversity present in the Canadian film industry,” said Bern Euler, Executive Director and founder of the Canadian Film Fest. “We’re very proud to celebrate the talent that is present and emerging in our own backyard.”
The Cocksure Lads Movie is a hilarious feature-length musical comedy about an English band on the cusp of stardom who arrive in Toronto for their first-ever North American tour. Ten minutes after arriving, they get into a fight over royalties and break up. It`s cast is a combination of British, Canadian and British-born Canadian actors with a music pedigree that can’t be touched. Written and directed by Murray Foster of Moxy Fruvous and Great Big Sea fame, the original music was written by Foster and bandmate Mike Ford. Great Big Sea lead singer Alan Doyle has a small role in the film as well. No theatrical release date has been announced for The Cocksure Lads Movie, so this might be your only chance to see it for a few months.
There is a full program of features and shorts available online. Take a look at the closing film as well. Also making its Toronto premiere, Pretend We’re Kissing costars Dov Tiefenbach, Tommie-Amber Pirie and Zoe Kravitz.