With venomous social media, resurgent authoritarianism and rampant narcissism threatening to trash civilization as we know it, the time has come for Assholes: A Theory – an entertaining and oh-so-timely feature doc from acclaimed director John Walker. Inspired by Aaron James’ New York Times bestseller of the same name, the film investigates the breeding grounds of contemporary “asshole culture” and locates signs of civility in an otherwise rude-’n-nasty universe. Venturing into predominantly male domain, Walker moves from Ivy League frat clubs to the bratty princedoms of Silicon Valley and bear pits of international finance. Why do assholes thrive in certain environments? What explains their perverse appeal? And how do they keep getting elected! Lively commentary is provided by the likes of actor John Cleese, former Canadian police officer Sherry Lee Benson-Podolchuk, and Italian LGBTQ activist Vladimir Luxuria, who famously locked horns with Silvio Berlusconi, the p***y-grabbing prototype of the 21st-century demagogue.
Friday Night Gala Atlantic Party
Friday, Sept. 13, 9:00PM
The Halifax Club, 1682 Hollis Street
What better way to cap off viewing an entertaining and thought-provoking film than to connect with everyone else who just saw the film and can’t wait to talk about it! Join RBC, the filmmakers and FIN for a drink, some late night nibbles and lots of chat. This event is open to Friday “Binge On Us” and Festival Passholders, and “Assholes: A Theory Gala” Ticket Holders exclusively.