August 28 - September 3, 2015
SIFF Film Center | One Week Only, Exclusive Presentation
SIFF Cinema Egyptian | Fri & Sat: 11:30PM
Move over Mad Max, here comes The Kid! This blood-splattered love letter to ’80s post-apocalyptic action takes place in the future–1997–when a BMX-riding comic-book lover must save the earth from the evil Zeus (legendary bad-guy Michael Ironside).
"Torsos are blown in half, limbs fly, the blood sprays...It’s balls out insanity at its very finest." - Ain't It Cool News
The year is 1997. The earth has been ravaged by acid rains and is in a perpetual nuclear winter. Water is a precious resource, and hardly anyone has any, except for the evil Zeus, who runs this wasteland with his lackeys and captures people to “juice” their bodies for his personal supply of H20. A young boy only known as The Kid (Munro Chambers, Eli on “Degrassi: The Next Generation”) is a loner and perfectly content that way, riding his BMX around and finding kitsch items from the olden days to sell while reading and re-reading old Turbo Man comic books. When The Kid meets Apple (Laurence Leboeuf, “Durham County”), a perpetually upbeat girl with bright turquoise hair, they quickly become close friends and comrades. So when a close call with Zeus and his henchmen results in Apple’s kidnapping, The Kid does the only thing he feels is right—dress up in a makeshift Turbo Man suit and rescue his friend. Filled with tons of entertaining violence and geysers of blood, this retro-futuristic love letter to ’80s action films like Mad Max and Bmx Bandits is full of humor and heart. Featuring Michael Ironside (Top Gun, Starship Troopers, Total Recall) as the villain and an impeccable synth soundtrack, Turbo Kid is a post-apocalyptic dream come true.
- Director: Roadkill Superstar
- Principal Cast: Michael Ironside, Munro Chambers, Laurence Leboeuf, Aaron Jeffery, Edwin Wright
- Country: New Zealand
- Year: 2014
- Running Time: 89 minutes
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: SXSW 2015 (Audience Award: Midnighters)
- Has Subtitles: Yes