It was a rainy, cold afternoon in Ottawa, not to be unexpected in mid April. The Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa was having a Premiere screening of 8 Minutes Ahead, so as part of Ocan Film Festival, I ventured out to see what the film had to offer. This film brought geographical landscapes together beautifully, with rich cinematography. It also had the edge a suspense film needed. Good plot, and visually appealing imagery. A very urban experience as it was filmed in three major cities, Ottawa, Vancouver and Hong Kong.
Canadian film needs the encouragement Ben Hoskyn’s brings to the table with this feature. What is also a message from Hoskyn’s, is that no matter the time it takes to make a film, make it.
During the Q & A session many of the challenges, benefits and rewards of producing a work readily came through in the filmmaker’s own words. Dedication was a key element of bringing this film to the screen.
If you are living in a city that offer’s a rich film culture, it can only be recommended you treat yourself to one of the Film Festival experiences offered in Canada. Whether you are vacationing in a City or live in it, you can be sure there will be something to see.
UPDATE: January 11, 2019.
The film is available for pre-order on iTunes.