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Slipstream (1973 film)

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Directed byDavid Acomba
Produced byJames Margellos
Written byWilliam Fruet
StarringLuke Askew
Patti Oatman
Eli Rill
Scott Hylands
CinematographyMarc Champion
Edited byTony Lower
Distributed byPacific Rim
Cinepix Film Properties
Release date
Running time
93 min.

Slipstream is a Canadian drama film, released in 1973.[1] Directed by David Acomba and written by William Fruet, it won the Canadian Film Award for Best Feature Film at the 25th Canadian Film Awards in 1973.[2]


The film stars Luke Askew as Mike Mallard, a popular but reclusive radio DJ who broadcasts his show from an isolated barn in the wilderness. After he is discovered by four young people, he begins to get romantically involved with one of them, Kathy (Patti Oatman), while simultaneously battling with Alec (Eli Rill), his producer who wants him to play more contemporary pop hits.

The film's soundtrack includes music by Van Morrison and Eric Clapton.

Critical reception

The film's Best Feature Film win, over Kamouraska, Réjeanne Padovani, Paperback Hero and Between Friends, was widely derided by critics.[2] The Globe and Mail film critic Betty Lee acknowledged that the film showed some promise on Acomba's part, but concluded that it "sags embarrasingly under its weight of honors".[1] In its December 1973 year in review, the paper named it as the worst film of the year, and singled out the Canadian Film Award jury for a special "Grand Prix for General All-Around Stupidity" for choosing it over four much stronger nominees.[3] Writing for Cinema Canada, journalist A. Ibrányi-Kiss opined that the film would have been an eminently deserving winner of an award for best first feature or most promising newcomer, but agreed that it was nowhere near the best Canadian film of the year.[4]

Its victory was also later cited as an indication that the Quebec film directors who had boycotted the 1973 awards out of a perception that the event had a systemic bias against Quebec filmmakers, prompting the 1973 awards to be announced only by press conference and the subsequent 1974 awards to be cancelled entirely, had been correct in their beliefs.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Seagull irritating, Summer Wishes soars, Slipstream not the expected blockbuster". The Globe and Mail, November 10, 1973.
  2. ^ a b Maria Topalovich, And the Genie Goes To...: Celebrating 50 Years of the Canadian Film Awards. Stoddart Publishing, 2000. ISBN 0-7737-3238-1.
  3. ^ "The stinkers of '73". The Globe and Mail, December 29, 1973.
  4. ^ "Death of the Film Awards". Cinema Canada, October 1973/January 1974 (Number 10-11).
  5. ^ "Rebirth of the film awards". The Globe and Mail, October 2, 1975.

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