Writer-director Matt Atkinson and a terrific cast make the most out of a very weird premise for this comedy about failed ambitions, family dynamics and the oh-so-sweet taste of revenge. A veteran of the Halifax sketch group Picnicface and CBC’s MR. D, Mark Little stars as Mitch, a young man who’s still living with his long-suffering parents – played by Mark McKinney (Kids in the Hall) and Stephnie Weir – years after squandering the millions he won in a lottery. Things take a strange turn when the family’s dire financial situation prompts the addition of a boarder. The fact that the newcomer is played by Brett Gelman – the American comedic actor who was one of the best things about STRANGER THINGS season two – is an accurate sign of the hilarity to come in Atkinson’s unhinged comedy.
Matt Atkinson is an award winning Canadian writer and director who has worked in film, television, and new media, creating original, memorable content in both long and short formats.
His debut feature film DAKOTA is distributed by Mongrel Media and Film Option International. His feature screenplay THE WILD SOCIETY was selected by the CFC FEATURES COMEDY LAB and is being developed with the support of TELEFILM CANADA. Most recently he finished principal photography of his second feature film based on my screenplay titled ROOM FOR RENT. The film is currently screening at film festivals across North America.
He is a founder and owner of EL DUO MOTION PICTURES, a Toronto based production company. Atkinson is represented for commercials by STEAM FILMS in Canada and BOB INDUSTRIES in the US.