Why Does It Exist?

Podcast #20: Tanya’s Island (1980)

In Podcasts on April 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Guys, I know what this looks like. I'm here to tell you: this is exactly what's happening.

This week we welcome our friend David Bertrand of the Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre to the studio / bedroom for a viewing of the oft-overlooked Canadian tax shelter classic Tanya’s Island Although mostly taking place on an unnamed island (actually Puerto Rico), Canadian money and ‘talent’ was used in this tale of a dream-like love triangle between a beardo, Prince protégée Vanity and a giant fucking (literally) cave-dwelling ape. Although we struggled to identify the Canadian identity of this erotic classic, we struggled even more with trying to wrap our minds around its many intricacies. The shortest episode of Why Does It Exist? thus far, -perhaps, but certainly the densest and most thought-provoking.


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David Bertrand is a writer, filmmaker, musician and Renaissance man who has run a funky movie theater out of his Montreal apartment for the last two years. The adventure is ending in mid-May, so you have but a scant few weeks to make the best out of Blue Sunshine!

Music this week provided by Alice & The Intellects. The song ‘Make it Better’, off their album Balloon Ride, can be downloaded for free at their Bandcamp.

  1. […] humidity that we soldier on, sweating profusely and hydrating irresponsibly. I’m joined by past guest David Bertrand (of the defunct Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre) for a viewing of famed […]

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