Framing John DeLorean


Isabel Bader Theatre Wed, May 1, 2019 9:15 PM
TIFF Lightbox 4 Fri, May 3, 2019 6:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:America
Capitalism & Big Business
Crime & Justice
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Don Argott
Sheena M. Joyce
Producer(s):Tamir Ardon
Nick Spicer
Don Argott
Sheena M. Joyce
Executive Producer(s):Nate Bolotin
Aram Tertzakian
Nick Moceri
Thane Ritchie
Editor(s):Demian Fenton
Writer(s):Dan Greeney
Alexandra Orton
Cinematography:Don Argott
Matthew Santo
Composer:Brooke Blair
Will Blair


A brilliant 1980s car designer, an entrepreneurial genius or a scandalous criminal—who was the real John DeLorean? Once the heir apparent to the General Motors dynasty, the automaking maverick was ruined after the FBI arrested him for international cocaine smuggling—but not before he revolutionized North American car design, married a supermodel and almost single-handedly kickstarted Northern Ireland's economy during the Troubles. Between slick dramatizations starring Hollywood A-listers and revealing conversations with his inner business circle, it seems that neither his children, oldest friends nor even Alec Baldwin can decide what DeLorean truly wanted. Fame, unimaginable wealth, a loving family—he had them all, and then none. While writers and directors have tried by the dozens to make the biography of this large life, filmmakers Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce craft gorgeously recreated scenes and emotionally charged interviews into a wholly fascinating deconstruction of this most modern Icarus figure. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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Additional Information

  • Variety - "An absorbing documentary"
  • POV - "Almost too crazy to believe."