Guidance

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Canada | 2014 | 81 minutes | Pat Mills

This unconventional and quirky redemption comedy proves that everyone deserves a second chance—even an aging former child star with a penchant for booze and bad decisions masquerading as a high school guidance counselor. Director/Actor/Screenwriter Pat Mills scheduled to attend.

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Packed with a plethora of drug-addled and troubled teens, Grusin High School is every teacher’s worst nightmare. Luckily, David Gold—former “Wacky Street” child star and self-destructive disaster—has just manipulated himself into the role of their guidance counselor. Determined to make a difference in students’ lives between slugs of tequila and cigarettes, David (flawlessly played by writer/director Pat Mills, “You Can’t Do That on Television”) offers them preposterous advice. But even as he’s fixing one girl’s shyness with vodka shots, advocating for increased promiscuity, and buying drugs from the school’s dealer, his aspirations to inspire confidence and self-love in students ring true. Though considered “pathologically immature” by many, David’s quirkiness and zest for life give Guidance a kick of color and originality. Peppered with laugh-out-loud moments and a remarkable supporting cast, this film puts a twist on the concept of “Hollywood redemption” by offering a protagonist that is anything but the usual hero.

Director Biography
Born in Ottawa, Pat Mills wrote, directed, and stars in Guidance. Though this is his first feature film; he also created the short films Pat’s First Kiss and 5 Dysfunctional People in a Car. He got his start on the Nickelodeon show “You Can’t Do That on Television.”

Sponsored by Cornish College of the Arts, KNHC

  • Director: Pat Mills
  • Principal Cast: Pat Mills, Zahra Bentham, Kevin Hanchard, Alex Ozerov, Eleanor Zichy
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 81 minutes
  • Producer: Alyson Richards, Mike MacMillan
  • Screenplay: Pat Mills
  • Cinematographers: Daniel Grant
  • Editors: Bryan Atkinson
  • Music: Menalon Music
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Secondary High (2002)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP