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The Office meets Lord of the Flies. Nominated for five Canadian Comedy Awards, Eating Buccaneers is a feature film written, directed and produced by Bill Keenan. It's a comedy about four self-absorbed advertising executives and one officious client whose small charter plane crash-lands into the northern Ontario woods. They survive the crash, but can they survive each other?

After playing film festivals around North America, Eating Buccaneers opened theatrically in Toronto and Vancouver. Then it premiered on The Movie Network, Movie Central and HBO Canada. Eating Buccaneers is now available for purchase on DVD.

crew & cast

Bill Keenan Writer/Producer/Director

Bill studied film and television at Ryerson University in Toronto, winning Best Final Year Production for The Janitors, a satirical look at the rough and tumble men who risk their lives to clean a big city university. After graduating, Bill joined The Second City Touring Company, where he performed and improvised comedy sketches throughout Ontario.

Bill co-wrote, directed and produced an 18-minute short comedy called The Homework Bureau that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (“a dead-on satire of television cop shows”). The Homework Bureau screened at film festivals around North America (“A wonderful film.” – Palm Springs International Film Festival) before being broadcast on The Comedy Network and Global Television (“hilarious”).

Bill made his feature debut with Eating Buccaneers. After playing film festivals around North America (it was nominated for Best Direction at the Long Island International Film Festival), Eating Buccaneers opened theatrically in Toronto and Vancouver. Later it played on The Movie Network, Movie Central and HBO Canada. It was also nominated for five Canadian Comedy Awards—including Best Writer for Bill.

 

Tracy Keenan Executive Producer

Mark Montefiore Producer

Jennifer Mesich Producer

Wes Lake Cinematographer

Andy Ames Editor

Ari Poser Composer

Reviews

“The film is funny, ferocious and full of bitter wit...a sharp slice of absurdity.” Chris Alexander, Metro News

Eating Buccaneers is laugh-out-loud funny!” Terry O’Reilly, CBC Radio

“Sharply written…3 cheers for Buccaneers!” Jim Slotek, Toronto Sun

“Think Lost but funny.” Simon Houpt, The Globe and Mail

“The old plane-crash-in-the-wilderness genre gets a very funny reworking." Just For Laughs Film Festival, Chicago

“This absurdist dark comedy is one of the most relentlessly funny Canadian films of this or any year…Eating Buccaneers is a confidently constructed debut feature film.” Victoria Film Festival

Eating Buccaneers is one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time.” Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival

Peter Keleghan plays Jerry, the A-type VP Account Services with a secret agenda.

Peter Keleghan plays Jerry, the A-type VP Account Services with a secret agenda.

Leah Pinsent plays Vanessa, the new-age art director with a knack for picking the wrong men.

Leah Pinsent plays Vanessa, the new-age art director with a knack for picking the wrong men.

Shannon Beckner plays Andrea, the perky junior account exec with wilderness survival training.

Shannon Beckner plays Andrea, the perky junior account exec with wilderness survival training.

Neil Crone plays the Pilot, who brings a whole new meaning to Monty Python's line "I'm not dead yet."

Neil Crone plays the Pilot, who brings a whole new meaning to Monty Python's line "I'm not dead yet."

Steven McCarthy plays Stewart, the client brand manager who can't make a decision without a focus group.

Steven McCarthy plays Stewart, the client brand manager who can't make a decision without a focus group.

Jeff White plays Doug, the hot-shot copywriter with writer's block.

Jeff White plays Doug, the hot-shot copywriter with writer's block.

 

 

In development

TELEVISION

Squat

An hour-long dramedy that imagines a world where too many people have saved too little money and amassed too much debt. Squat was recently named Finalist (top 5 out of 1380 pilots) at the BlueCat Screenwriting Competition (ranked in top 10 of U.S. screenwriting competitions).

Dying on Tuesday

A seven-part half-hour dark comedy about a crooked waterbed salesman who tries to cheat his fate when a beautiful psychic tells him he’s going to die in seven days.

Feature film

Houseboat from Hell 

A comedy about a failed life insurance salesman who must save a cottage country town when the Devil sends his best recruiter to solicit fresh souls for hell.

Untitled Animation Movie

A lowly pigeon, disrespected every day by humans and all the other kinds of birds, learns of his species' noble past from a homeless aboriginal man.

 

 

 

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