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They Came From Within London — A Q&A with SHIVERS Programmer Vince D’Amato

Canada is set to invade the UK later this month in a brand new screening series that will shine a spotlight on one of the more neglected aspects of Canadian horror, the independently produced films of the 1990s. “The Influence of the Tax Shelter Films”, an all day movie marathon curated by Shivers,  a new London-based film society. In anticipation of their upcoming screening on May 20, 2012 at The Roxy Bar and Screen, we caught up with one of Shivers’ co-founders, Vancouver-based film fanatic Vince D’Amato, to talk about the films Shivers has selected, the group’s plans to expand back home and why Canadian genre films matter.

How did you get the idea to start the Shivers film society?

Justin, a friend of mine who runs the Filmbar 70 film club in London, came up with the idea of screening a series of Canadian films, like a mini-festival. We thought about programming and, after a couple of months, decided to form Shivers as a one-time event. However, after putting all that work into scheduling and designing ,we discovered a lot more interest in this idea than we’d initially anticipated, so we decided to take it even further.

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Upcoming Screenings: May 2012

While many of us discovered Canuxploitation films through late night TV screenings and VHS rentals, there’s still something special about catching a locally produced B-movie classic in the theatre alongside other Canadian film fans. Here’s our monthly update featuring upcoming classic Canadian cinema screenings. Want your screening listed? Contact us.

STRANGE SHADOWS IN AN EMPTY ROOM — 16mm
May 4, 8pm
Blue Sunshine, Montreal
The classic Italo-Montreal ’70s co-prodcution features gritty locations, thrilling car chases and lots of sleazy cop action. More info here.

DEADEN / $LASHERS / THE HARD CUT / VIDEODROME
May 20, 3pm-11pm
Roxy Bar and Screen, London, U.K.
Three indie horror films plus an early Cronenberg masterpiece–show up for one or stay all day for this Canadian horror quadruple bill from SHIVERS UK, the first in a series of screenings titled “The Influence of the Canadian Tax Shelter Films”.