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A drunk and a hooker excavate rock bottom in The Go-Getters

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Directed by Jeremy Lalonde (How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town), The Go-Getters is a dark comedy starring Aaron Abrams and Tommie-Amber Pirie as a hooker and a drunk trying to claw their way back from rock bottom. Photo courtesy Northern Banner Releasing.
Directed by Jeremy Lalonde (How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town), The Go-Getters is a dark comedy starring Aaron Abrams and Tommie-Amber Pirie as a hooker and a drunk trying to claw their way back from rock bottom. Photo courtesy Northern Banner Releasing.

From the director of How To Plan An Orgy In A Small Town, The Go-Getters is a “raw-com” that follows a junkie hooker and a deadbeat drunk trying to pull their way out of rock bottom but finding that everyone gets in their way – mostly themselves.

Winner of Best Comedy Feature at the Cinequest San Jose Film Festival, The Go-Getters stars Aaron Abrams (who co-wrote the film, along with Brendan Gall), Tommie-Amber Pirie (Below Her Mouth) and Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black).

Director Jeremy Lalonde said the offbeat script for The Go-Getters emerged after writers Abrams and Gall completed a marathon writing session early in their careers.

“They had heard a lot of stories of writers who would lock themselves in hotel rooms for four days and just pound out a first draft of a script,” Lalonde said. “I think they went to a friend’s cottage. Aaron was in one room and Brendan was in the other, and they outlined together and passed scenes back and forth. They knew they were onto something when they heard the other person laughing in the other room.”

The resulting script materialized as The Go-Getters, a dark comedy unconventional enough that the duo filed it away, doubtful it would ever be completed. 

“I had known Aaron casually through the Toronto acting community, so I had recommended him for a short that my producing partner Jordan was producing, and they ended up going out for lunch,” Lalonde said. “Aaron was telling him about different projects, and then said, ‘Well, then there’s this other thing that everyone loves but that no one will ever make.’” 

When Lalonde read the script, it was a no-brainer.

“For us, it was always about making movies that you would want to see yourself. It’s for people that don’t mind dark comedy stuff that’s a little out of the realm,” he said.

The resulting film is joyously chaotic and thoroughly self-assured, no doubt owing to the filmmakers’ resolution to buck outside influence and convention. Playing now across a number of cinemas around Canada, The Go-Getters arrives just in time for Christmas on VOD on Dec. 25.

The Mutt spoke with Lalonde prior to the film’s launch on VOD. This interview has been edited and condensed for length.

THE MUTT: Were there any comedies that influenced you on The Go-Getters in terms of tone?

JEREMY LALONDE: There are definitely influences. Some of our influences are films like Barfly, at least aesthetically if nothing else. There’s that great Jack Lemmon one, where he and his wife are stuck in New York all night long The Out of Towners (1970). That one really inspired Aaron and Brendan. The kind of movie that took place in a short period of time with two people who start off in a really bad place and then things just keep getting worse.

TM: Was that theme of pushing forward despite life’s challenges something you and (Aaron and Brendan) planned to include from the beginning, or did it seem to emerge organically?

JL: I think that was already there when the script came across my desk. I think, if anything, I helped to reinforce it here and there. Aaron and Brendan, it was always part and parcel for them to create a love story that was so dirty that the act of two people sharing a stool was like the biggest kiss ever. That was our goal the whole time, was to make that moment feel like, ‘Oh, that’s real growth,’ but what a small thing for any other movie. That’s what I loved about the script and everything – the stakes were so big for them, but so small when you compare it to something like a superhero movie. They’re not saving the world, but the things they’re doing are kind of insurmountable for them.

TM: How important was it for you to secure the cast that you did? Obviously, you need the right types of actors to make this type of material work.

JL: A film like this lives or dies on its cast. Aaron wrote it for himself to play Owen, but he would have been one of my first choices whether he had written it or not. And then Tommie-Amber Pirie, who plays the female lead, she’s someone I’ve worked with on several projects. When the part opened up, it was like a no-brainer and had her come in and do a read with Aaron it was just instantly magic. Then the rest of it is mostly the two of them, and then Kristian Bruun plays Aaron’s brother. I’ve worked with him too, and he’s fantastic. The rest of it is mostly day players, people coming in and basically doing guest star roles. We were able to draw on the creative pool we have in Toronto and friends of ours. To be able to get a lot of amazing people to do that for one day, we were really, really blessed to be supported by our amazingly talented friends.

The Go-Getters is now playing in theatres and will be released on VOD Dec. 25. For more information, click here.

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Schitt’s Creek to conclude after next season

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The popular CBC sitcom Schitt’s Creek will conclude with its sixth and final season, star and co-creator Dan Levy announced in a statement today. Photo courtesy CBC.
The popular CBC sitcom Schitt’s Creek will conclude with its sixth and final season, star and co-creator Dan Levy announced in a statement today. Photo courtesy CBC.

The popular CBC sitcom Schitt’s Creek will end at the conclusion of its sixth season, series co-creator and star Dan Levy announced March 21.

“We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning,” Levy said in a statement. “It’s not lost on us what a rare privilege it is in this industry to get to decide when your show should take its final bow.”

Schitt’s Creek premiered on CBC in 2015, becoming one of the network’s most successful half-hour comedies ever. The show follows the fish-out-of-water Rose family, forced to assimilate into a small town after they lose their family fortune.

Though the show’s first season received mixed reviews, it grew in regard with both fans and critics over subsequent iterations. Schitt’s Creek’s fifth season, which premiered on January 8, 2019, scored a 100 per cent “Fresh” ranking on the review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.

The show is also among select company among Canadian sitcoms, drawing strong viewership in the United States and elsewhere thanks to distribution on Netflix and the American Pop network. Critics have reacted favourably to recent episodes, with TV Guide’s Megan Vick writing that each season of Schitt’s Creek has “gotten better and better.”

Read Levy’s full statement below.

New episodes of Schitt’s Creek air Tuesday nights at 9/9:30 NT on CBC.

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Watch the Oscar-nominated Canadian short “Animal Behaviour”

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The National Film Board of Canada is offering Canadians the opportunity to watch the Oscar-nominated Canadian short film "Animal Behaviour" until the end of today. Photo courtesy NFB
The National Film Board of Canada is offering Canadians the opportunity to watch the Oscar-nominated Canadian short film "Animal Behaviour" until the end of today. Photo courtesy NFB

To get prepped for the 91st Academy Awards, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is offering Canadians the chance to check out Animal Behaviour, nominated tonight in the Best Animated Short Film category.

Animal Behaviour is a new short from Alison Snowden and David Fine, who previously won an Oscar in 1994 for Bob’s Birthday. The short is the 75th Oscar nomination for the NFB, and the first short film for Snowden and Fine since Bob’s Birthday. The 91st Oscars air tonight at 8 Eastern on ABC and CTV.

Watch Animal Behaviour below (expires tonight).

Next up on The Mutt: Wynonna Earp future in doubt as Season 4 delayed

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Wynonna Earp future in doubt as Season 4 delayed

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Wynonna Earp Season 3 Episode 11/12 - "Daddy Lessons/War Paint". Photo courtesy Bell Media
Wynonna Earp Season 4 is in jeopardy, according to the The Hollywood Reporter, due to financial difficulties. Photo courtesy Space

All of a sudden, Wynonna Earp is in Purgatory.

Earpers were stunned Thursday night when executive producer and showrunner Emily Andras posted (and subsequently deleted) a tweet suggesting that fans of the show may soon have to fight for it. Another tweet, posted shortly later, took a decidedly more straight-forward approach.

Andras appeared to be responding to the news that funding for the fourth season of Wynonna Earp appeared to be on shaky ground, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter. According to THR, financial challenges faced by IDW Entertainment have stalled production on Season 4, despite the company being contractually obligated to deliver the show to Syfy.

In response to the news, Earpers took to Twitter with the hashtag #FightForWynonna, which at the time of publication was one of the top Twitter trends in Canada. Though Season 4 has yet to be officially cancelled, IDW has yet to commit to a start date for the new season.

“IDW is committed to continuing to tell the Wynonna Earp story,” the company said in a statement posted to Twitter. “Much like the fans, we are passionate about not only the series, but the comics, the characters and the overall message that the Wynonna Earp franchise carries. We are in the process of working out the details for how the Wynonna story will continue and will share new details very soon.”

Our resident Earper, Ghezal Amiri, was a big fan of Season 3, writing that the show’s season finale, entitled “War Paint”, was a “wildly emotional conclusion.” Read her recap here.

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