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Public Schooled

Sea to Sky | BC Spotlight

Undeniably book-smart but completely uneducated in the ways of life, home-schooled teen Liam (Daniel Doheny) aspires to be the next Stephen Hawking even though casual conversation amounts to a social minefield for him. Then, while completing a high school equivalency exam that should be nothing more than a formality, he lays eyes on the alluring wooden leg of Anastasia (Siobhan Williams). Immediately smitten (to put it in PG terms) with the prettiest girl in public school, his only recourse appears to be a little self-sabotage that results in an extended stay in Grade 12 and indoctrination into the unwashed masses.

At first glance, Kyle Rideout’s uproarious high-school comedy seems an unlikely follow-up to Eadweard, the immaculately detailed biopic about the "father of the motion picture" which dazzled audiences at VIFF 15. However, upon closer inspection, Rideout and co-writer Josh Epstein demonstrate an equal devotion here to inviting audiences to witness the peculiar dynamics that arise when wonderfully flawed characters are allowed to indulge their idiosyncrasies. Occasionally resembling a gawkier, ganglier Andrew Garfield (in the most endearing of ways), Doheny concocts a spectacularly awkward chemistry with his helicopter mom Claire (Archer’s Judy Greer), resulting in an onslaught of hilariously inappropriate exchanges that would make Oedipus blush.

"This one’s an unexpected treat. Don’t miss it."—Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto

Director Kyle Rideout
Country of Origin: Canada
Year: 2017
Running Time: 86 mins
Format: DCP
Cast: Daniel Doheny, Judy Greer, Siobhan Williams, Andrew McNee, Alex Barima, Andrew Herr, Grace Park, Russell Peters
Executive Producer: Justine Whyte
Producer: Josh Epstein, Adam Folk
Screenwriter: Josh Epstein, Kyle Rideout
Cinematographer: Stirling Bancroft
Editor: Yvann Thibaudeau
Production Design: Harry Brar
Music: Natasha Duprey, Matthew Rogers
Production Company: Motion 58 Entertainment / Canadian Film Centre
Print Source: Josh Epstein
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