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Hard Core Logo

Canada 1996. Dir: Bruce McDonald. 92 min. 35mm

XII. Hard Core Logo
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For our Season Five finale of "The Image Before Us," we kick out the jams with Hard Core Logo — “the best rock ’n’ roll movie in the history of rock ’n’ roll movies” (Montreal Gazette)! Toronto rebel Bruce McDonald’s rowdy faux documentary, adapted from Vancouver writer Michael Turner’s experimental novel, chronicles the tumultuous reunion of the eponymous HCL, a once-legendary Vancouver punk band. Fronted by volatile Joe Dick (Hugh Dillon), the re-formed quartet sets off for a chaotic tour of Western Canada, lurching from dingy club to dingy club, playing raucous shows to largely apathetic audiences, and resuming the acrimony and infighting that broke them up years before. Callum Keith Rennie co-stars as reluctant guitarist Billy Tallent, ready to ditch the doomed enterprise for a better opportunity in L.A. (Canadian rockers Billy Talent derived their name from the character.) Quentin Tarantino was a fan. Noel S. Baker wrote the script. Print courtesy TIFF Film Reference Library.

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Guest in attendance: Christine Haebler, producer, Hard Core Logo