Slipstream (1973 film)

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Directed by David Acomba
Produced by James Margellos
Written by William Fruet
Starring Luke Askew
Patti Oatman
Eli Rill
Scott Hylands
Cinematography Marc Champion
Edited by Tony Lower
Distributed by Pacific Rim
Cinepix Film Properties
Release date
Running time
93 min.
Country Canada
Language English

Slipstream is a Canadian drama film, released in 1973.[1] Directed by David Acomba and written by William Fruet, it won the Canadian Film Award for Best Feature Film in 1973.


The film stars Luke Askew as Mike Mallard, a popular but reclusive radio DJ who broadcasts his show from an isolated barn in the wilderness. After he is discovered by four young people, he begins to get romantically involved with one of them, Kathy (Patti Oatman), while simultaneously battling with Alec (Eli Rill), his producer who wants him to play more contemporary pop hits.

The film's soundtrack includes music by Van Morrison and Eric Clapton.

Critical reception[edit]

The film's Best Feature Film win, over Kamouraska, Réjeanne Padovani, Paperback Hero and Between Friends, was widely derided by critics. The Globe and Mail film critic Betty Lee acknowledged that the film showed some promise on Acomba's part, but concluded that it "sags embarrasingly under its weight of honors".[1] In its December 1973 year in review, the paper named it as the worst film of the year, and singled out the Canadian Film Award jury for a special "Grand Prix for General All-Around Stupidity" for choosing it over four much stronger nominees.[2]

Its victory was also later cited as an indication that the Quebec film directors who had boycotted the 1973 awards out of a perception that the event had a systemic bias against Quebec filmmakers, prompting the 1973 awards to be announced only by press conference and the subsequent 1974 awards to be cancelled entirely, had been correct in their beliefs.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Seagull irritating, Summer Wishes soars, Slipstream not the expected blockbuster". The Globe and Mail, November 10, 1973.
  2. ^ "The stinkers of '73". The Globe and Mail, December 29, 1973.
  3. ^ "Rebirth of the film awards". The Globe and Mail, October 2, 1975.

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