HALIFAX, June 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Telefilm Canada is proud to announce the winners of the Golden Box Office Award, a newly-created award that recognizes the writers and director of the Canadian English-language feature film with the highest domestic box-office sales each year. The 2009 "Goldie" was handed to the director and writers of the film Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day at an auto-body shop in Halifax today. The second feature film in the Trailer Park Boys comedy franchise, the title grossed $2.9 million in domestic box office sales. The 2009 winners of the Goldie and accompanying cash grants totalling $40,000 are director and co-writer Mike Clattenburg and co-writers Timm Hannebohm, John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells and Mike Smith.
"We are very pleased to be presenting the inaugural Goldie Award to Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day," said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. "With two feature film hits and a TV series that was able to garner a cult following both here and south of the border, the team behind The Trailer Park Boys has achieved outstanding success. Telefilm strives to recognize the talent behind Canadian cinema, because it is these outstanding partners - the hardworking writers, filmmakers, producers and distributors - who keep our industry solid and vibrant," she concluded.
"Telefilm took a huge chance investing in the Trailer Park Boys concept back in 1999 but it paid off with the success of our first and second features films," said Mike Clattenburg, director and co-writer of Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day. "Without Telefilm's unfailing support, we could never have made our two movies or the series," he concluded.
"Congratulations to the Trailer Park Boys writing team, and a big thank you to Telefilm for the important recognition," says Maureen Parker, Executive Director, Writers Guild of Canada. "A prize like this will help our talented writers stay in this country and develop the next winning Canadian film," she concluded.
Helmed by writer-director Mike Clattenburg, Trailer Park Boy: Countdown to Liquor Day was co-written by John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith and Timm Hannebohm and produced by Barrie Dunn, Michael Volpe and Mike Clattenburg. Alliance Films distributed the film across Canada.
The film begins with Julian, Ricky and Bubbles newly released from jail and brimming with optimism about their prospects for the future. However, when they return to Sunnyvale, they encounter a leaner and much meaner Park Supervisor Jim Lahey who has some big changes in mind for the park, changes that don't exactly go over well with the Boys, who then face their biggest test since Grade 10.
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