Archive of films Kitchen Party / Kitchen Party

1997, 84 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2005

A comedy about parties, teenagers, parents, obsessively clean homes, smashed cars, evil brothers and some pubic hair. 


On one side of town, teenager Scott is giving a party in the kitchen of his parent’s house. On the other side his parents are getting drunk at another party: in fact, with the parents of his friends. Scott is giving his party in the kitchen, because the rest of the house is obsessively clean and has to stay that way - actually as proof for his parents that no parties are going on when they are not home. While Scott and his friends drink and chat, his anti-social older brother and rival Steve listens to hard rock in the cellar. It is not long before all kinds of disasters start happening: someone falls backwards on the fanatically vacuumed carpet. Scott’s girl runs away with the evil brother. One of Scott’s friends smashes his father’s car. The parents start quarreling because one of them suggest that the host’s son might be gay. A gun appears on the scene. The grass golf course is destroyed. And a small tangle of pubic hair is discovered... A comedy about parties, teenagers, parents, obsessively clean homes, smashed cars, evil brothers and pubic hair. 

About the director

Gary Burns (b. 1960, Calgary) is a writer, director and producer, was born in Calgary on April 18, 1960. He studied literature and fine arts and graduated in film studies at Concordia University in Calgary in 1992. He has made several short films. His directorial debut, The Suburbanators, was a critical success at the 1995 Toronto Film Festival. After his second film, Kitchen Party, he came to be considered one of Canada’ s most interesting young directors. Films: Happy Valley (1992, short), Beerland (1993, short), Turtleheads (1993, short), The Suburbanators (1995), Kitchen Party (1997), Fuck Coke (1999, short), Waydowntown (2000), My Life as a Movie (2003, TV), A Problem with Fear (2003).


Burns Film Ltd.
, T2G 5N4, Calgary
Tel: +1 403 265 6023
Fax: +1 403 262 8469

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Gary Burns
Screenplay: Gary Burns
Dir. of Photography: Robert Aschmann
Music: Shaun Tozer
Editor: Mark Lemmon, Reginald Harkema
Producer: Christine Habler
Production: Cadence Entertainment & Nine Iron Films
Cast: Scott Speedman, Laura Harris, Tygh Runyan, Kevin McNutty, Gillian Barber
Contact: Burns Film Ltd.


Gary Burns

Film Director / Producer


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