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TheatreOne announces 8 films for Fringe Flick series returning to Nanaimo

‘Phantom of the Open’ featuring Mark Rylance kicks off the series in mid-October
TheatreOne’s Fringe Flicks series will be shown at Nanaimo’s Avalon Theatre. (News Bulletin photo)

Films from the Toronto International Film Festival catalog will return to Nanaimo, starting this fall.

TheatreOne’s Fringe Flicks’ eight month, 10-film series, which spotlights a different film every few weeks, will play at Woodgrove Centre’s Avalon Cinema starting in mid-October.

TheatreOne general manager Jonathan Greenway said the intention is to show topical films that are of public interest while still offering a variety of genres.

“The fun thing is that sometimes you get all kinds of films, some of those quite obscure, quite independent, from different corners of the world – we try to get a really eclectic mix,” he said. “The arts and culture scene of Nanaimo, I think, is really hungry for diverse pieces of art that showcases a focus on Canadian filmmaking – that we tend to focus on with our selection – but also for world pieces that open up Nanaimo to a mosaic of cultures, and seeing what different forms of artistic representation and filmmaking can be brought in.”

The series opens with Phantom of the Open, featuring Mark Rylance, about a crane operator gaining entry to the British Open golf championship qualifying in 1976, despite never before playing a round of golf, and will show from Oct. 16-19.

Fire of Love tells the tale of two French volcanologists who chase eruptions and document their discoveries, and will play from Nov. 13-16.

Happening, as adapted from Annie Ernaux’s autobiographical novel, recounts a woman’s battle to access illegal abortion, and will play from Dec. 11-14.

Films slated to be screened next year include Scarborough, about three kids from “a low-income neighbourhood that find friendship and community in an unlikely place;” Run Woman Run, which follows a single mom who reclaims her dreams and family thanks to an unlikely coach; Official Competition, featuring Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz, which tells the tale of “a wealthy businessman who hires a famous filmmaker to help make a hit film;” Hallelujah, a Leonard Cohen journey exploring the singer-songwriter as seen through his renowned song Hallelujah; and Peace by Chocolate, about a Syrian refugee as he settles into a small Canadian town.

For the last two yet-to-be-announced films, Greenway said TheatreOne will select from TIFF’s most recent films.

Showings are on Sundays at 1 and 4 p.m. and Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 or $113 for a season subscription.

More information on Fringe Flicks can be found at

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