Mr. Fish: Cartooning from the Deep End


Scotiabank Theatre 4 Sun, Apr 29, 2018 9:15 PM
TIFF Lightbox 2 Tue, May 1, 2018 10:15 AM
Hart House Theatre Sun, May 6, 2018 6:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Art & Artists
Journalism & the Media
Labour & Working People
Politics & Political Intrigue
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Pablo Bryant
Producer(s):Ted Collins
Pablo Bryant
Executive Producer(s):Tom Brady
Editor(s):Adam Lichtenstein
Cinematography:Pablo Bryant
Composer:Steven Bernstein


Widely published American editorial cartoonist Mr. Fish challenges the First Amendment with his savagely honest cartoons. But is there a place for his political commentary in a world where print media is practically dead, consumerism is king and Donald Trump is president? Where will the threat to the status quo come from now? Mr. Fish has some ideas—but can an uncensored artist support a family without selling out? Mr. Fish is an intimate documentary that shows the artist as breadwinner who bites the hand that feeds, a defiant critical thinker who thrives on pushing buttons despite also having to consider how to pay the mortgage. A poet with a cartoonist's pen and a satirist's eye, Mr. Fish models the artist's craft, not as livelihood but as life, unwilling to temper his inflammatory work in order to make money. Angie Driscoll

Additional Information

NOW - 3 stars

Variety - "A studdornyl amiable film about a compulsively provocative talent." - "Shane Smith: 5 must-see showings at the Hot Docs Festival."