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"Brunt Toast" is the brainchild of the same team that created "Toothpaste", the 6-minute domestic opera that has been screened throughout the world has received numerous international prizes. Also featuring Scott Thompson, Mark McKinney, Colin Mochrie and Jessica Holmes, "Burnt Toast" is a series of eight comedic vignettes which were written by Dan Redican (story editor for Kids in the Hall). The stories follow the arc of the modern relationship from a darkly comedic viewpoint with each vignette using a different set of characters to tell stories from unrequited love through to marriage and on to divorce. What truly makes this project unique? It's an opera! That's right, all of the characters within these contemporary domestic settings spontaneously break out into grand operatic song in order to express even the most mundane thought - often with extremely funny results. This is achieved through pre-recording the tracks with famous opera singers and playing them back on-set where a mix... Written by Michelle

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Passion, Humiliation, Heartbreak, Crumbs.


Comedy | Musical





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1 October 2005 (Canada)  »

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1.78 : 1
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Definitely worth watching
9 February 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Absolutely incredible would be the only way to describe this masterful dramatic opera with music by Alexina Louie and lyrics by Dan Redican. I just saw it on CBC's "Opening Night" program tonight, and, having never seen an opera before, might be checking out a few more after seeing this one.

"Burnt Toast" is essentially a series of eight short films about different stages of love and romance. Each part is anchored by a famous Canadian star or two (for example, Paul Gross in part one or Colin Mochrie in part six). To clarify, these are not filmed stage performances, rather, these are actually on location, filmed for the camera films. The cinematography and direction are to die for, as well as the seamless dubbing job done by professional opera singers, which I wasn't even aware of until someone mentioned it to me.

My favourite segment of the film was probably part two, featuring Colm Feore and Leah Pinsent as two frustrated commuters whose cars just happen to be next to one another in a traffic jam. However, none of the segments have any particular weak spots and all will hold your attention right up to the last frame.

If you don't happen to like opera, I would still give "Burnt Toast" a try. You might like it. I sure did...

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