HARD CORE LOGO 2 directed by Bruce McDonald, written by McDonald and Dave Griffith, with McDonald, Care Failure, Julian Richings and Adrien Dorval. An Alliance release. 96 minutes, Opens Friday (April 13). For venues and times, see Movies.
No one is more tickled by the idea of a Hard Core Logo sequel than director Bruce McDonald.
Given that he killed off Joe Dick, the protagonist of his road documentary about an aging West Coast Canadian punk band, in the first film, a follow-up was always unlikely.
"We had zero thoughts of a sequel - no one in Canada or in independent film has that mindset," said the gregarious director during the Toronto Film Festival.
It was actually actor Hugh Dillon (Logo 1's Joe Dick) who spearheaded the project a decade later.
"He wasn't working at the time, then suddenly became the most in-demand actor in the country," says McDonald. "But the idea stuck with me, so it was a situation where you start with one thing and end up with something you never expected."
The strange meta-comedy stars the director as himself, making a new documentary about Die Mannequin's Care Failure, who claims to have been possessed by Joe Dick.
But that's only the subject on the surface; the film is more a comedic study of a megalomaniacal director abusing his subjects to make a film at any cost.
"I've always enjoyed the tension in documentaries, which present themselves as portraits of reality when they are actually highly constructed fictions."
In fact, the sequel has less in common with the original than with McDonald's experimental documentary Claire's Hat, about his painful experience making 2001's Picture Claire.
"That's another companion piece, and not what we might call a company-sanctioned movie," says McDonald. "It can only be shown under certain circumstances, but it was another story about a movie that went horribly wrong. People always responded really well to it, and it served as a model here."
Hardcore McDonald fans might be surprised to learn they've probably already seen the Hard Core Logo 3 that was announced alongside part 2.
"That was actually Trigger," explains the director. "It was initially written for Hugh [Dillon] and Callum [Keith Rennie], but we couldn't do it because of their schedules. So we had to decide whether to wait three years or rewrite it for Molly [Parker] And Tracy [Wright]. We had a great script that we really liked, so we just changed the name of the band and changed some of the dialogue so it wasn't about Joe Dick and Billy Talent any more; it was about the girls."
This might not even be the end of the franchise.
"Believe it or not, there's a fourth one that Paul Spence, one of the Fubar guys, has written about [Joe Dick and Billy Talent's] daughters," says the director. "It's really funny, smart and filthy. We've both been busy, but we're planning to get together soon. I love the idea of having this little family of music movies that spin out of the Hardcore wheelhouse. Why not?"