It was only just recently with another Whistler Film Festival entry that I found myself yet again bemoaning the continued Americanization of our taxpayer-funded Canadian content. It’s been endlessly frustrating to see local locations and faces consistently morphed into stateside settings for ostensible worldwide consumption. While it’s expected for Hollywood productions to do this, I find it an unacceptable state of affairs that our own institutions continually support films that have near zero Canadian identity. Having recently reviewed yet another example of this trend (Hammer, an otherwise excellent effort from Christian Sparkes), I was more than pleasantly surprised to see a True North story of marijuana legalization grace my screen with Canadian Strain.
December 23, 2019