A post-modernist farce from director Bruce McDonald, whom New Horizons audiences know from such films as Pontypool. McDonald’s mockumentary cult classic Hard Core Logo (1996) followed a punk band’s career in an energetic but melancholy tale that ended in the lead singer’s suicide. The sequel revisits McDonald’s documentary director alter ego, who appears to have lost his edge working in the mainstream, but suddenly finds renewed vigor in a controversial new singer. The self-referential film is a tongue in cheek tribute to underground musicians toiling out of the limelight. They might be weird, even unbalanced, they might chain-smoke and they might be kitschy, too, but they are honest to their hard core at making music that’s loud as hell.
Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2010 – Special Citation
Bruce McDonald was born in Kingston, Ontario in 1959. He studied film at Ryerson University in Toronto. After picking up a Toronto IFF award for his debut Roadkill, he commented that he would spend the $25,000 in prize money on a big chunk of hash. Hard Core Logo and its sequel both feature prominently in the mockumentary pantheon, while The Tracy Fragments (screened at the 9th NH) displayed innovative visual design and editing. McDonald works both in cinema and television, directing such series as The Bill, Queer as Folk, and Degrassi: The Next Generation. His films have earned him a devoted cult following.
1991 Highway 61
1996 Hard Core Logo
2001 Picture Claire
2007 Przypadki Tracey / The Tracey Fragments
2010 Hard Core Logo 2