Adapted from a stage play by Morris Panych, Lawrence & Holloman may very well be one of the most unique Canadian films ever made.
[pullquote]“The situations the men find themselves in are absurd and gross, but as they rage and debate on the meaning of life and death something remarkable happens amidst the chaos. The story starts to resonate in your heart and when the dust settles this richly dark film may very well force you re-examine your perspective.” – from David C Jones’ 2013 review[/pullquote]With production started five years ago, the film has since gone on to win eleven awards at eleven different international film festivals, received nine Leo Award nominations with one win for best casting, and is currently nominated for four Canadian Comedy Awards for best feature, director, actor and screenplay.
In this darkly ridiculous buddy comedy, Lawrence, an ever-optimistic suit salesman, lives a happy-go-lucky, charmed life, in which everything goes right, until he meets Holloman, a cynical and pessimistic credit collector, and everything starts to go wrong. Very wrong.
David C. Jones talks with the two writers Daniel Arnold (who also stars) and Matthew Kowalchuk (who also directed) about what inspired them and what it took to get the film made.
Lawrence & Holloman is currently enjoying its theatrical release in Vancouver with screenings continuing on July 22 & 23 at the Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street) and again at the Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) on July 24 & 25.