(Willow Street/Pineapple Pear Films)
A once-elegant Victorian two-storey house in Halifax’s north end provides the inspiration and setting for an enthusiastic film about a tight-knit musical community. Over three days in August 2007, 20 bands performed in each of its rooms, including awkward ones like the bathroom, kitchen and attic. The beautifully shot film captures this last hurrah: the house was a living and practice space for most of the featured musicians, but is about to be sold.
First-time director Mark Mullane chooses urgency over nostalgia by building a race-against-the-clock tone, heightened by the anxious post-punk played by most of the bands. The Just Barelys (in bathroom attire and squeezed between a bathtub and toilet), the Maynards (who bake cookies during their song) and Windom Earle (who barely fit inside the attic, once Canada’s smallest art gallery) add breezy fun to this musical document.
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