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Toronto Film Festival Award Winner
to Screen at UW-Eau Claire Sept. 13-16

RELEASED: Sept. 10, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — "It's All Gone Pete Tong" (2004), a faux biopic that was selected Best Feature Film at the Toronto Film Festival, will be presented Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 13-16, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The film will screen at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Frankie Wilde (Paul Kaye) is a celebrated British DJ whose career is cut down by an unthinkable occurrence: the loss of his hearing. After "it's all gone Pete Tong" cockney — rhyming slang for "it's all gone wrong" — can Frankie function in a world without sound? Will he make it back to the DJ booth? Will he regain his opulent superstar life, or does he even want it back?

"The downward arc of the first two acts of the movie is made harrowing and yet perversely amusing by the performance of Paul Kaye, a British comedian who sees Frankie as a clown who overacts even in despair," wrote film critic Roger Ebert. "Then comes salvation in the form of a speech therapist named Penelope (Beatriz Batarda) ... The movie works because of its heedless comic intensity. Kaye and his writer-director, Michael Dowse, chronicle the rise and fall of Frankie Wilde as other directors have dealt with emperors and kings. Frankie may not be living the most significant life of our times, but tell that to Frankie."

The 90-minute dark comedy is rated R.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby and will be sold at the door.

The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate.

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