Boost (film)

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Directed byDarren Curtis
Produced byFrédéric Bohbot
Kieran Crilly
Written byDarren Curtis
StarringNabil Rajo
Jahmil French
Oluniké Adeliyi
Music byMike Silver
CinematographyPawel Pogorzelski
Edited byJared Curtis
Bunbury Films
Havelock Films
Distributed byFilmoption
Release date
Running time
95 minutes

Boost is a Canadian drama film, directed by Darren Curtis and released in 2017.[1]

The film stars Nabil Rajo and Jahmil French as Hakeem and Anthony/"A-Mac", teenagers in the Park Extension neighbourhood of Montreal who work at Hakeem's uncle's car wash while simultaneously maintaining a sideline pursuit of passing on tips about valuable cars to the neighbourhood's gang of car thieves. One day, however, they decide to try their hands at undertaking an auto theft themselves.[2] The film's cast also includes Fanny Mallette, Oluniké Adeliyi, Patrick Goyette and Théodore Pellerin.

The film was originally written to be about characters of South Asian background, but was rewritten in a Black Canadian context when Rajo and French were cast as the leads.[3] The film was released concurrently in both the original English and dubbed French versions.[3]


The film received five Canadian Screen Award nominations at the 6th Canadian Screen Awards in 2018.[4]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref(s)
Canadian Screen Awards 11 March 2018 Best Actor Nabil Rajo Won [5]
Best Supporting Actor Jahmil French Nominated [6]
Best Supporting Actress Oluniké Adeliyi Nominated
Best Overall Sound Philippe Attié Nominated
Best Original Song Joey Sherrett, Chris Gordon and Nathaniel Huskinson: "CTS Thief" Nominated
Prix Iris 3 June 2018 Best Film Frédéric Bohbot, Kieran Crilly Nominated [7]
Best Director Darren Curtis Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Jahmil French Nominated
Best Editing Jared Curtis Nominated
Best Original Music Michael Silver Nominated
Revelation of the Year Nabil Rajo Nominated
Best Casting Maxime Giroux, Jonathan Oliveira Nominated


  1. ^ "Boost rolls onto screens in Montreal". Playback, April 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "Montréal, la grise". Le Devoir, April 7, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Montreal filmmaker's car-theft thriller Boost looks under the hood". Montreal Gazette, April 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "The Canadian Screen Awards showers love on (almost) everyone". Now, January 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "From Carmilla to Kim's, the Canadian Screen Award winners agreed: 'Representation matters'". CBC News. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Film Nominees". Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  7. ^ "FINALISTES GALA 2018". Prix Iris. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 10 April 2018.

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