Bruce McDonald's 'Hard Core Logo' by Paul McEwan

By Paul McEwan

Consistently ranked as one of the easiest Canadian videos of all time, punk-rock mockumentary Hard middle Logo (1996) records the last-ditch reunion journey of an getting older rock band led by means of vocalist Joe Dick (Hugh Dillon). good got by means of critics on the time of its unlock, the movie keeps to get pleasure from a loyal overseas cult following.

This enjoyable research of Hard middle Logo explores some of the film's key issues, together with the accountability of documentary filmmakers to their topics, the advance of shut male relationships, and the connection among artwork and trade in Canada, specifically for traveling musicians. Paul McEwan examines Hard center Logo within the context of alternative variations of Michael Turner's 1993 novel of an identical identify, in addition to opposed to different movies from McDonald's celebrated profession. that includes interviews with McDonald himself and others fascinated with the movie, Bruce McDonald's ‘Hard middle brand’ provides an interesting examine considered one of Canada's such a lot mythologized movies.

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Raymi’s brother, Mike ‘Nightmare’ Mulroney, was the lead singer. Brunton describes their career thus: The Ugly didn’t call themselves ‘punk’ … They preferred the term ‘Hoodlum Rock,’ because they were. e. they specialized in B & E’s. One of the interesting things about their music was that it was true. In other words, if they wrote about holding up a milk store, you can bet they held up a milk store. Mike carried a gun, which was unheard of in late seventies Toronto. He moved to Vancouver in the early nineties, like lots of Toronto punks, lured by cheap, good heroin.

Using his artistic licence to add something of an in-joke, he replaces the recognizable square van that the band drives in the film with a representation of his old band’s touring van. For much of the mid- to late 1990s, Craine played in a rock/punk/folk band called Black Cabbage that did its share of touring across Canada. Craine had previously worked with McDonald on a graphic novel version of Dance Me Outside, and was a collaborator on Hard Core Logo as well as an adapter. He was on the set in British Columbia, and watched the band and the film come together.

Hard Core Roadshow: A Screenwriter’s Diary Hard Core Logo is one of the few films for which we have a detailed production diary, because the film’s screenwriter, Noel S. Baker, wrote a book about his experience on the film. The appeal of the book goes far beyond our ability to learn something about this particular film – it is also a compelling account of the economic and creative challenges of 29 BRUCE McDONALD’S HARD CORE LOGO being a screenwriter, challenges that are particularly acute in Canada, but that occur anywhere.

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