Small Town Murder Songs

  • 75'
  • Canada
  • 2010
Village life in a Mennonite community in Ontario, Canada, is turned upside down by the murder of an unknown woman. Walter, the local cop, has never had anything to do with a crime like this before. In unravelling the murder, many secrets of the now respectable and converted policeman are revealed. Walter’s tranquil life with his gentle girlfriend has not always been in such calm backwaters, this much becomes apparent. In chapters with biblical titles such as God meets us where we’re at, an intriguing and rather bizarre portrait is sketched of a rural community.
Small Town Murder Songs is not an ordinary police thriller or a classic whodunnit, but a character study; a story about striking family bonds and religious village busybodies. With a crazy score by Bruce Peninsula, who uses a rock choir behind key scenes in slow motion. An unusual and rather sombre glimpse of a Canadian subculture and the experience of a mysterious man.

Director
Ed Gass-Donnelly
Country of production
Canada
Production Year
2010
Festival Edition
IFFR 2011
Length
75'
Medium
HDcam
Language
English
Producers
Ed Gass-Donnelly, Kim Lee
Production Company
3 Legged Dog Films Ltd
Sales
Visit Films
Screenplay
Ed Gass-Donnelly
Cinematography
Brendan Steacy
Editor
Ed Gass-Donnelly
Production Design
Rachel Ford
Sound Design
J.R. Fountain
Music
Bruce Peninsula
Cast
Peter Stormare
Website
http://www.visitfilms.com/film.asp?movieID=1454