Ken Fucks Up
(short film trilogy, 2011-13, 30 minutes)
Halifax filmmakers and AFCOOP members, Ruby Boutilier and Sarah Byrne, have taken your childhood toys and made a very naughty trio of short films. At HIFF 2014, we present all three shorts together for the first time.
When Ken buys Barbie a toaster for Christmas, things go bad and then get very strange. Despite his best efforts to win her back, which includes buying sex toys as a make-up gift, Ken fails to regain Barbie’s affection and he quickly reaches a porn-addicted, drunken rock bottom. Meanwhile Barbie rebounds with several other plastic love affairs only to end up tabloid fodder when she’s pregnant with the child of an unknown baby-daddy. Undoubtedly, Ken Fucks Up is an indictment of our celebrity addicted culture and the vapid, self-obsessed monsters it creates, but mostly it’s really fun. It’s Toy Story on crack. Enjoy.
Location: Neptune Scotiabank Studio Theatre, 1593 Argyle Street
A Q+A with the filmmakers will follow the screening.