This Beautiful City

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This Beautiful City
Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly
Produced by Ed Gass-Donnelly
Lee Kim
Aaron Poole
David Krae
Julie Sype
Written by Ed Gass-Donnelly
Starring Aaron Poole
Kristin Booth
Caroline Cave
Noam Jenkins
Stuart Hughes
Cinematography Micha Dahan
Edited by Ed Gass-Donnelly
Distributed by 20/40 Films
Release date
  • September 11, 2007 (2007-09-11)
Running time
85 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

This Beautiful City is a Canadian drama film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007 and had a general theatrical release in 2008.

The film depicts the lives of five disparate characters in Downtown Toronto. Johnny (Aaron Poole) is a recovering crack cocaine addict trying to convince his prostitute girlfriend Pretty (Kristin Booth) to move with him to a new city so they can make a clean break from their old lives, while Harry (Noam Jenkins) and Carol (Caroline Cave) are a wealthy couple. Events are set in motion when Carol falls from the balcony of her condo in an apparent suicide attempt, landing just metres away from Johnny and Pretty in the alleyway below. She survives, but Peter (Stuart Hughes), a police detective, finds her and the group's lives begin to intertwine.



The film's soundtrack includes songs by Bry Webb, Sunparlour Players, Buck 65, Jewish Legend and Sebastien Grainger, Andre Ethier, Shad, The Ghost Is Dancing, Emilie Mover and Dave MacKinnon.

Awards and nominations[edit]

The film was nominated for four Genies at the 29th Genie Awards, including Best Actor (Poole), Best Original Song (Bry Webb, "Big Smoke"), Best Sound and Best Sound Editing.

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