Fringe Flicks Film History

Fringe Flicks is TheatreOne’s independent film series that features award-winning, international films selected from TIFF’s Film Circuit. It was founded in the year 2000 by David Mann, our current and also former Artistic Director. He says, “In the 18 months that I was actually living in Nanaimo and working as full time AD, a friend and former acting colleague of mine came to visit. He was starting to work for the Toronto Film Festival Circuit Group, which was trying to expand their activities in BC. It was presented as a no-lose proposition; for every film we presented, 1/3 of the proceeds would go to TIFF, 1/3 to the venue, and 1/3 to TheatreOne. It was therefore a potential fundraiser for the company, and therefore a minimal risk – except for the work and marketing etc., and the prospect of a dismal flop. Which never happened, thankfully! Things went well from the first screening. However, the biggest reason it happened was because when I came to Nanaimo with my family after living in Toronto and Edmonton and devouring the independent film scenes there, we found that there was a dearth of non-mainstream films being shown in town. This was before you could get new  alternative, indie, or foreign films in other formats, and it meant that the best you could do was wait for something to come out on VHS tape months later and hopefully get picked up by the local video store that actually carried alternative films. This was a poor substitute for the big screen experience. In talking to other people, I found that I wasn’t alone, and I figured this might be an opportunity to offer something that was a niche in Nanaimo that wasn’t being filled – and offer something artistic at the same time. It also seemed like a potential way to build audiences for live theatre events and increase TheatreOne’s presence and profile in the community.”

2010/11 SEASON (10th year in series)
Mao’s Last Dancer
I Am Love
Please Give
Fathers & Sons
Force of Nature
NoWhere Boy
Another Year
Soul Kitchen

2011/12 SEASON
Sarah’s Key
Life Above All
The Guard
Le Havre
Take Shelter
A Separation
Edwyn Boyd
Monsieur Lazhar

2012/13 SEASON
First Position
Where Do We Go Now
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Stories We Tell
Searching for Sugarman
The Angels Share

2013/14 SEASON
Love is all You Need
Vanishing Point
The Hunt
The Sapphires
Kon Tiki
Haute Cuisine
Cas & Dylan
Le Week-End

2014/15 SEASON
Words & Pictures
Art & Craft
Big News from Grand Rock
Force Majeure
Two Days, One Night

2015/16 SEASON
I’ll See You in My Dreams
Learning to Drive
What We Did on Our Holiday
My Internship in Canada
Jimmy’s Hall
Coming Home
45 Years

2016/17 SEASON
The Daughter
Our Little Sister
Sing Street
Love & Friendship
Captain Fantastic
Operation Avalanche
The Eagle Huntress
I, Daniel Blake
The Salesman

2017/18 SEASON
Beatriz at Dinner
Tulip Fever
The Other Side of Hope
Faces, Places
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
The Breadwinner
Meditation Park
SPECIAL SCREENING: Maker of Monsters

2018/19 SEASON
Hearts Beat Loud
Three Identical Strangers
The Third Murder
The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Leave No Trace
Tea with the Dames (Nothing Like a Dame)
The Silent Revolution
Woman at War
SPECIAL SCREENING: Edge of the Knife