The Dirties (2013) - 10th Anniversary ScreeningCanada, 2013
Two best friends are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school, in the breakout feature film debut from Canadian director Matt Johnson, whose latest film BLACKBERRY is also showing at CUFF 2023.
Matt and Owen, a pair of misfit high-school students who love making and talking about movies, are the victims of systematic bullying at the hands of The Dirties, a group of classmates who constantly humiliate them. But soon, the two boys start fantasizing about revenge. When it was released in 2013, the coming of age comedy won the Slamdance Spirit Award for Best Feature Narrative, and received incredible acclaim on the festival circuit, including from Kevin Smith who praised THE DIRTIES as "the most important film you will see all year."
Slamdance Film Festival 2013
Locarno Film Festival 2013
Fantastic Fest 2013
Matt Johnson was born in Toronto, Canada. BLACKBERRY (2023) is his third feature film following THE DIRTIES (2013) and OPERATION AVALANCHE (2016). He is also the co-creator of the cult comedy series NIRVANNA THE BAND THE SHOW (2016). He lectures in the film department of York University alongside his producing partner Matthew Miller.
press for The Dirties (2013) - 10th Anniversary Screening
"This is the most important film you will see all year."- Kevin Smith
"Hands down, one of the most insightful and disturbing teen films to come along in ages."- Mitch Davis, Fantasia International Film Festival
"A very funny meta comedy; manna for film geeks, but full of a high-spirited and punkish energy that anyone from fans of Jackass and Ali G to fans of Spike Jonze and Harmony Korine can appreciate."- Independent UK
"Matt Johnson's feisty and flip debut feature inverts the dark iconography of school shootings."- Little White Lies
Screenwriter & Producer Matthew Miller & Cinematographer Jared Raab in attendance for Q&A
Winner, Best Feature Narrative, Slamdance Spirit Award 2013
Winner, Best Picture, Fantastic Fest 2013