We got a chance to check out the new Broken Social Scene film This Movie Is Broken last night which was directed by Bruce McDonald. Bruce had been trying to figure out a way to make a movie with BSS for years, but it was always difficult to get approval from the many members of the band. He thought the project would never come to life until last summer when he finally came up with an idea that front men Kevin Drew & Brendan Canning loved. Once the idea was approved, the turn around was incredibly fast. He secured funding on a Wednesday and was scheduled to shoot during a previously planned performance on Saturday. Knowing what their reaction would be, Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning decided it would be easier not to tell the band about the movie. After arriving at the venue and seeing all the film equipment set up everyone began to catch on and were initially upset, but eventually agreed.
Overall the film felt less like a full movie and more like a live concert with bits of a love story sandwiched in between. The story was weak and had a weird twist at the end, but the awesome Broken Social Scene concert made up for it. The filmmakers are still trying to figure out a US distribution plan, but if you really want to see the movie..well, you’ll have to drive to Canada.