Assholes: A Theory


TIFF Lightbox 1 Tue, Apr 30, 2019 7:00 PM
TIFF Lightbox 1 Wed, May 1, 2019 3:45 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Sat, May 4, 2019 12:45 PM
OC, Live captioned Q&A
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Politics & Political Intrigue
Technology & Culture
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):John Walker
Producer(s):Ann Bernier
John Walker
Annette Clarke
Editor(s):Jeff Warren
Writer(s):John Walker
Robert Sandler
Cinematography:Paul McCurdy
Composer:Sandy Moore
Sound:Alex Salter


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Inspired by the New York Times bestseller Assholes: A Theory by Aaron James, acclaimed filmmaker John Walker takes us on an investigative journey to test the limits of our acceptance of assholes in contemporary society. With the global acceleration of asshole behaviour, spurred on by social media, we feel the impact in business, politics and at home. How can we understand this particular type of problematic behaviour? More importantly, what can be done to push back against the rising tide of assholery? Entertaining and thought-provoking, this timely film explores James's theories and recommendations using clips sourced from Hollywood and news archives, combined with the ruminations of key observers of asshole-dom.

Filmmaker John Walker and author Aaron James will be in attendance at the April 30 and May 1 screenings. They will be joined by actor John Cleese and other special guests on May 1. 

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