Mongrel Adds More at Home
by Staff Editors
(May 4, 2021 – Toronto, ON) Canadian indie film distributor Mongrel Media launched a new streaming service on April 30, Mongrel Home Cinema, and if they curate their online content as carefully as they have the films they have distributed over the years, this is a service to take seriously. For example, to celebrate Chloé Zhao’s two recent Oscar® wins, the service already includes The Rider, the film she made just prior to Nomadland.
Featuring an impressive collection of acclaimed films from Mongrel in partnership with Magnolia Pictures, they are building a great online destination, proven by today’s news of seven films and several episodic TV shows being added to the digital streaming service. They will add new content on the first Tuesday of each month, which is why we’re telling you about them today.
Today’s additions include Before Midnight (an Oscar nominee for adapted screenplay and the third film in Richard Linklater’s romantic trilogy that sees Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke (pictured above) reprising their roles from Before Sunset and Before Sunrise, and Amy, the Oscar-winning documentary about late British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse.
There are two “firsts.” Oscar-nominated documentary Exit through the Gift Shop is the first feature directed by enigmatic street artist Banksy. Oscar-nominated animated feature Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully oil-painted feature film – shot as a live action film. It stars Saoirse Ronan, Chris O’Dowd, Douglas Booth, who were painted over frame-by-frame, scene-by-scene.
Three crime-based films include Mr. Untouchable, Marc Levin’s documentary about a poor street kid from Harlem who became a Time cover story and multi-millionaire via the 1970s New York heroin trade Square Grouper, Billy Corben’s colourful portrait of the ’70s and ’80s pot-smuggling scene in South Florida that even had a ganja-smoking church, and Down Terrace, Ben Wheatley’s Brighton-set comedy about a father and son who try to sniff out the rat in their criminal organization.
The service is also adding a variety of episodic TV content, consisting of unscripted TV shows, live comedy sets from some of the best comedians to ever appear on stage, talk shows and thought-provoking investigative journalism docu-series.
There’s a lot of Canadian content online as well, including the Sarah Polley film Take This Waltz, Brooklyn, starring Saoirse Ronan and others. Click here for more information about subscribing and a 14-day free trial of Mongrel Home Cinema.