The Killing Games Banned at Canadien Film Festival

“THE KILLING GAMES is too violent for the Edmonton International Film Festival” says Chairman Michael Hamm. Director Barry J. Gillis invited reps from his own city to a Private Screening of his movie on May 18th at the historic Garneau Theatre in Edmonton. Hamm and another rep Kerrie Long showed up. Hamm and Long watched the entire movie from beginning to end on a big screen. However, on May 29th 2012, Gillis was informed in a telephone conversation by Festival Chairman Hamm that “THE KILLING GAMES was too violent for the Edmonton International Film Festival.” THE KILLING GAMES is about a man who's wife is dying of a mysterious illness. He contemplates taking the law into his own hands, after his daughter witnesses a double homicide and narrowly escapes the grasp of two serial killers. The movie was shot in Wabuman, Lac St. Anne, Alberta Beach and Edmonton, Alberta. From the official press release: "Gillis is against censorship, and believes that he is getting shafted by the Edmonton Film Festival. “It was alright for them to watch the entire movie, but they don't want you to see the movie.” He continues, “I feel like David Cronenberg when he first started out in Toronto, it was the same kind of thing, a never ending struggle because of a little violence in a Canadian movie.”

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