Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit

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Canada | 2018 | 75 minutes | Michael McNamara, Aaron Hancox

Meet the fascinating felines and the people who pamper then in this whimsical look at the ins and outs of Canada's competitive cat show circuit, where the claws come out when a Turkish Angora and an adorable fluffy red Persian face off to take home the national award for Best in Show.

"Catwalk really is the cat's meow when it comes to illustrating the relationship that exists between pets and their humans. Far more than mere comfort, a cat provides companionship, a friend. Two paws up!" Patrick Mullen - Point of View Magazine

In a world where one spontaneous hairball can throw everything off balance, and the toughest guys in the game have names like "Mr. Sandman," there can only be one true champion. This is the world of Canadian competitive cat shows. "Bobby," a stunning Turkish Angora, and his owner Kim have been a prize-winning team for years. Kim even has a room in her house covered wall to wall in ribbons—and not the ones Bobby can swat at—but ones he's earned by portraying an ideal temperament and impeccable grooming. Kim and Bobby are an unbeatable team, holding first place in the Canadian Cat Associate circuit. That, is, until Oh La La and her owner Shirley step back onto the scene after years of retirement. A veteran, Oh La La is a gorgeous Red Persian with cloud-like fur and the most kissable squishy face. As they start to sweep up award after award, Bobby's place on the throne is put in peril. Taking us behind the scenes at several cat shows across Canada, Catwalk reveals the highs, lows, dramas and celebrations of a different type of pageant mom, and their little clawed competitors who seem pretty indifferent to the whole thing.

Director Biography
Michael McNamara is an award-winning director of documentary and scripted features and the Co-President of Markham Street Films. McNamara specializes in films about pop culture and identity, including Celtic Soul, with Jay Baruchel.

Aaron Hancox is the Vice-President, Unscripted Content at Markham Street Films. A proud cat-man himself, Catwalk: Tales From the Cat Show Circuit was the perfect film for his feature directorial debut.

Sponsored by Canadian Studies Center at UW, Consulate General of Canada

  • Director: Michael McNamara, Aaron Hancox
  • Principal Cast: Kim Langille, Shirley McCollow
  • Premiere Status: US
  • Country: Canada
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 75 minutes
  • Producer: Judy Holm, Michael McNamara, Aaron Hancox
  • Screenplay: Michael McNamara
  • Cinematographers: John Choi, Aaron Hancox
  • Editors: Kyle Gregory Sanderson
  • Music: Kenny Neal Jr.
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Markham Street Films Inc.
  • International Sales: Markham Street Films Inc.