Archive of films The Manor / The Manor

2013, 78 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2013

Shawney Cohen’s highly personal view of his Canadian Jewish family’s extravagant way of life, which includes running a strip joint. The home environment could hardly be described as ideal; even so, they are a remarkably close-knit family.


Thirty-six-year-old Shawney Cohen wants to be a filmmaker but he’s still working at the strip club his father has been operating for three decades. Shawney’s brother works there too, and one of the strippers turns out to be his girlfriend. But her origins aren’t Jewish, which doesn’t please his mildly despotic father. However, dad is even more concerned about his own serious weight problem, because of which he decides to have a stomach operation. He has other wrinkle-producing worries as well: his longtime employee Susan overdoses, one of his customers’ cars blows up, his assistant Bobby keeps getting thrown in jail, and his anorexic wife is overly solicitous. Shot with humorous detachment over the course of three years, Shawney Cohen’s highly personal film delves into the extravagant lifestyle of his Canadian Jewish family: although far from the ideal of family bliss, they are remarkably close. The film will be screened in its international premiere.

About the director

Shawney Cohen is a filmmaker from Toronto who works at his father’s strip club. His film career began in computer animation, and he has contributed his skills to more than a dozen feature films. In 2009 Shawney Cohen and Mike Gallay shot the short documentary Tagged, produced by the National Film Board of Canada and TVO. The Manor is his feature-length documentary debut.


Six Island Productions
192 Spadina Ave, Suite 307, M5T 2C2, Toronto
Tel: +1 416 538 3455

About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Shawney Cohen
Dir. of Photography: Chris Mably, Mike Gallay
Music: Jim Guthrie
Editor: Seth Poulin
Producer: Paul Scherzer, Laurie Gwen Shapiro
Production: Six Island Productions
Cast: Roger Cohen, Brenda Cohen, Sammy Cohen
Contact: Six Island Productions


Shawney Cohen

Film Director

Paul Scherzer


Laurie Shapiro



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