Quick stats about the movie

In May 2006, filmmakers John Bolton and Errin Clutton were given eight days and $800 to produce the disaster film Breakdown. Unfortunately, they spent the first seven days in casting.

On the eighth day, they cut together Breakdown with the only footage they had – the video from the casting session. This is that film. Starring Christopher Shyer (Whistler), Amanda Tapping (Stargate: SG-1), Carly McKillip (Alice, I Think), Sonya Salomaa (The Collector) and Winston Rekert (Neon Rider) as themselves.

Creative team:

Writer/director/producer: John Bolton
Producer: Errin Clutton

Director’s statement

John Bolton says:

was made in eight days for $800, for the 8th Annual Crazy8s Film Festival. My producer Errin Clutton and I spent years working in casting in Vancouver, and Breakdown is our tribute to working actors everywhere who put their hearts and souls into bad dialogue and humiliating themselves on tape, just to make an honest living.”

About John Bolton


John Bolton is an award-winning filmmaker from Vancouver, Canada focusing on performing arts pieces, literary adaptations, sports films and the occasional disaster flick.

He writes, directs and produces his own films through his own production company, Opus 59 Films and is an associate producer at the feature film production company Sepia Films.

Most recently, John wrote, directed and produced the broadcast documentary 12 Takes (for the Knowledge Network), a series of profiles on BC-based artists. The doc was nominated for a Gemini Award, a Golden Sheaf Award and the Delphic Art Movie Award.

He also wrote, produced and directed the short classical music hockey film Flame/Through Walls (for Bravo! Television), featuring the UBC Women’s Hockey Team skating to the music of Canadian composers Jordan Nobles and Jennifer Butler, as performed by the Turning Point Ensemble, which screened at “containR” at the 2010 Winter Olympics and won a Golden Sheaf Award

Through NSI Drama Prize John made the disturbing black comedy The Closer You Get to Canada, based on the short story by Canadian author Thomas King. The short film features one of the final on-screen performances by the late Gordon Tootoosis. It had its world at the Toronto International Film Festival, broadcast premiere on CBC’s Canadian Reflections and won the Leo Award for Best Actress.

John’s other short films include the disquieting drama Valentines, based on the short story by Canadian author Nancy Lee, which premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival, won Best Film at the Real 2 Real International Film Festival and the Leo Award for Best Actress; the Crazy8s comedy Breakdown, featuring a who’s who of Canadian television including Christopher Shyer, Amanda Tapping, Carly McKillip, Sonya Salomaa and Winston Rekert.

Breakdown premiered at the Whistler Film Festival and won the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Actress.

John’s other credits include the classical music performance pieces Beethoven Opus 59 No. 3 Allegro Molto (featuring the Borealis String Quartet) and Christus Vincit (featuring the vocal chamber ensemble musica intima) for Bravo! Television. Both premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival and were nominated for Golden Sheaf Awards.

John is currently developing several feature projects.

E Day is Coming is a seismic comedy about earthquake preparedness and real estate anxiety in Vancouver. It recently received development funding from Telefilm Canada. And Aim For the Roses, a musical docudrama about Canadian daredevil Ken Carter.

John is currently producing and directing the classical music performance piece Phobos and Deimos Circling (with pianist Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa), as well as ongoing collaborations with both the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the National Broadcast Orchestra of Canada.

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