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Film info: Waydowntown

Film Information

Original Title Waydowntown
English Title
Director Gary Burns
Year 2000
Format 35 mm
Colour Color
Duration 85 min
  • Fabrizio Filippo, Don McKellar, Marya Delver, Gordon Currie, Jennifer Clement.
  • Guión: Gary Burns, James Martin
  • Fotografía: Patrick McLaughlin
  • Monataje: Mark Lemmon
  • Producción: Shirley Vercruysse, Gary Burns


Hired, left to their own devices, and now bored, a gang of Canadian office clerks take advantage of their workplace’s comfortable features and set out on an insane and terminal competition: to see who can hold the longest without stepping outside. The winner takes a jackpot that consists in the others’ paychecks. But someone has to win first. Released a year after Office Space, Burns third film extends that bitterly comic view of corporate universe in the developed world, which gets more and more cracked and illogical, and where people is strange until proven normal. But unlike Judge’s film, in Waydowntown (a word for that corporate form of suicide that consisted in jumping into the void, very popular during the Great Depression) there is no world outside the office: work rules everything with its system of unities standardized under fluorescent lighting. Cubicles, food courts, a network of floating hallways connecting business towers: a too ridicule scenery not to laugh at.


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