Skip to main content
Ever Deadly film image, co-directors Tanya Tagaq and Chelsea McMullan

Ever Deadly

This event has passed

Ever Deadly is a portrait of the acclaimed Inuk throat singer and author Tanya Tagaq. Co-directed by Tagaq and Canadian documentary filmmaker Chelsea McMullan (who directed the award-winning My Prairie Home in 2013), this beautifully crafted documentary combines exceptional performance recordings with interviews, verité camerawork, archival material, and hand-drawn animation. Intimate cinematography and crisp sound captures Tagaq’s innovative and experimental throat singing from the film’s incredible opening scene onwards. Loving moments with Tagaq and her children are filmed on location in Nunavut, and words from her novel Split Tooth provide poetry and rhythm to the film. Painful memories are recounted of Tagaq’s mother and her family being forced to relocate due to racist colonial policies, which allows us to appreciate Tagaq’s exploration of her Inuk artistic practice as an act of healing and resistance.

 

 Q&A Oct 1

 

Media Partner

RANGE logo Stir Logo

Director
Cast

Tanya Tagaq, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Mary Gillis, Inuuja Gillis, Lucas Kalluk

Credits
Country of Origin

Canada

Year

2022

Language

In English and Inuktitut with English subtitles

Film Contact
Content Warning

Nudity

PG

Open to youth!

90 min
Art, Music & Photography Documentary Women Directors

Book Tickets

This event has passed.

Missing VIFF? Check out what’s playing at the VIFF Centre

Someone Lives Here
Someone Lives Here film image

Someone Lives Here

Throughout the COVID pandemic, Toronto has seen a catastrophic increase in homelessness. Sick of seeing his city unable to care for its unhoused people, Khaleel Seivwright quit his job as a full-time carpenter and dedicated himself to building insulated shelters--called 'tiny shelters.'

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Animation
Letter to a Pig film image; animated giant pig looming over little girl

Oscar® Shorts 2024: Animation

The best animated shorts of the year, according to the Academy... films from Iran, Israel, France and the USA. This program will also feature a handful of "best runners-up".

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Big Fight in Little Chinatown

Set against the backdrop of the COVID pandemic and an unprecedented rise in anti-Asian racism, the documentary takes us into the lives of residents, businesses, and community organizers whose neighborhoods are facing active erasure.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Live Action
The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar film image; man mediates in jungle

Oscar® Shorts 2024: Live Action

This year's nominees for Best Live Action Short Films include a mini-masterpiece from Wes Anderson and French Canadian entry, Invincible.

VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

The Invisible Fight

Fans of Black Sabbath, kung fu, and/or wacky comedy won't want to miss The Invisible Fight. This gonzo Estonian martial arts movie is an unholy cross between Aki Kaurismaki and Edgar Wright; a true one-off.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

Manufacturing the Threat

Shining a light into the murky world of police infiltration, incitement, and agent provocateurs, Manufacturing The Threat shows how Canada’s policing and national security agencies, granted additional powers after 9/11, routinely break laws with little to no accountability or oversight.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Credits

Executive Producer

Anita Lee

Producer

Lea Marin, Anita Lee

Screenwriter

Tanya Tagaq, Chelsea McMullan

Cinematography

Alejandro Coronado

ANIM

Glenn Gear, Fred Casia, Parissa Mohit

Editor

Avrïl Jacobson

Original Music

Jesse Zubot

Directors

Chelsea McMullan headshot, Ever Deadly co-director

Photo by Luis Mora

Chelsea McMullan

Chelsea McMullan (they/their) is one of Canada’s leading filmmakers. They make documentary, experimental narrative, and hybrid films that explore the work of leading international artists. McMullan’s features, including My Prairie Home (2013), a musical documentary about the pioneering transgender musician Rae Spoon, have premiered at Sundance, Toronto, True/False, and other leading international festivals. They have directed episodes of the documentary series This is Pop (Netflix/Crave) and In the Making (CBC). McMullan has also made numerous short films about and in collaboration with international artists such as Eileen Myles, Zhang Huan, Isabelle Marant, and Ken Lum.

Filmography: My Prairie Home (2013); Michael Shannon Michael Shannon John (2015)

Tanya Tagaq headshot, Ever Deadly co-director

Photo by Thomas Van Der Zaag

Tanya Tagaq

From Nunavut, Tanya Tagaq is an improvisational singer, avant-garde composer, and author. She is a member of the Order of Canada and a Polaris Music Prize and Juno Award winner. Tagaq’s art challenges static ideas of genre and culture, and contends with themes of Indigenous rights, colonialism, environmentalism, racism, and violence against women and girls, in particular MMIWG (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls). Tagaq has recorded with Saul Williams, Björk, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and more. She has composed pieces for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and created a sound installation for the National Maritime Museum in London.