Founded by producer/director Frederic Bohbot in 2002, Bunbury Films is a Montreal-based film production and distribution company that aims to produce thought-provoking documentaries and high quality fiction films that push the boundaries of social, environmental and popular culture for national and international markets.
Once a Nazi... (Canal D, winner J.I. Segal Award, 2006) was Bunbury Films' first release, and Frederic's directorial debut. On the back of its critical success, Bunbury Films produced three new documentary films for leading Canadian broadcasters: Bigfoot's Reflection (CHUM Television: SPACE, 2007) directed by Evan Beloff, about Bigfoot hunter's obsession with the sasquatch; Leaving the Fold (Radio Canada & a dozen other international broadcasters as well as the winner of the Best Documentary Award: Religion Today Film Festival in Italy, 2008) directed by Eric Scott, about young Hasidic Jews who decide to turn their backs on the insular fundamentalist world into which they were born; and Burning Water (CBC Passionate Eye, 2010, winner SCIC Global Issues Award) directed by Cameron Esler and Tadzio Richards, about the small town of Rosebud, Alberta where some farmers lives are being disrupted by the hydraulic fracturing in the oil and gas industry.
In 2011 Bunbury Films released Land of Destiny (Documentary Channel, winner Canadian Environmental Media Award, 2011) directed by Brett Story, about blue-collar life in Sarnia, Ontario and why people work; and Underdog Plaza (OMNI) directed by Evan Beloff, a tale about Dierry Jean’s sacrifice and struggle to become a world champion boxer. In 2013 Bunbury Films released Triumph of the Wall (Superchannel, winner of the Pierre & Yolande Perreault Award for Best First Feature RVCQ) directed by Bill Stone, an epic film about work, life and managing expectations. This release was followed by My Brother's Vows (produced for ARTE, winner of the Best Documentary Award: Religion Today Film Festival in Italy, 2014) directed and featuring Stephanie Weimar struggling with her brother’s decision to become a missionary monk.
2014 was an unforgettable year for Bunbury Films. The Lady in Number 6 was released and went on to win the Academy Award for the Best Short Documentary.
In 2015 Bunbury Films released the follow up to the Dierry Jean saga with Underdog Rises (OMNI); In 2016 the documentary and interactive web platform Vie de Château (Radio-Canada), directed by Catherine Lemercier as an homage to the dedicated employees of the fabled Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City. 2016 also saw the premiere of Zimbelism at Hot Docs and the Shanghai International film festival before it’s broadcast on the Documentary Channel and Canal D. Zimbelism is about famed photographer George S. Zimbel.
2017 will saw the theatrical release of Shadows of Paradise by Sebastian Lange who reflects on his past in the Transcendental meditation movement featuring David Lynch, produced for theatre and broadcast on Documentary Channel and Super Ecran.
2017 also saw the release of Boost, Bunbury’s first foray into feature fiction. The 90 minute drama was produced in association with Havelock Films & Telefilm Canada and is written and directed by Darren Curtis. Boost was nominated for 5 Canadian screen Awards for Best Actor in a Leading role (Nabil Rajo) Best Actress in a supporting role (Oluniké Adeliyi) Best Actor in a supporting role (Jahmil French) Best Original Song (The Posterz) and Best Overall Sound (Philip Attié (mix) & Bobby O'Malley (location sound). On March 11, 2018 Nabnil Rajo won the CSA for his leading role in Boost.
2017 also saw the release of Evan Beloff's latest film, Kosher Love, which is a quirky documentary on marriage and commitment in the Orthodox Jewish world made for CBC Firsthand broadcasting for Valentine’s day on February 16, 2017. Kosher Love was also nominated for a CSA for Best Documentary Program.
Bunbury Films is currently in post-production with director Albert Nerenberg on You Are What You Act set for release in theatres and on the Documentary Channel and Canal D, I Think You've Been Looking For Me, directed by Kacim Steets for CBC POV Docs is set for broadcast in November 2018, director Isabelle Raynauld's is in the editing phase of Music and the Brain for Radio Canada and Nathalie Bibeau is in production directing a CBC hour-long documentary and a feature-length film on marine parks and the public debate surrounding the display of marine mammals. See our list of films and productions.
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