76: Blindness with Izaak Smith
This week, we take a small departure from the format with a movie that didn't quite hit the mark for any of us, but is certainly worthy of discussion as Actor and dancer Izaak Smith brings us the controversial Blindness from 2008. Trigger warning for those of you with issues about power or sexual assault, Becky had to skip forward some scenes. We're constructive in most of our criticisms, discussing actors taking on disabled roles as a challenge, unfilmable books on film, and how to interpret allegorical stories when they're deeply problematic. Izaak has also worked with Molly Parker on stage, and he talks about what he's learned from one of Canada's best. Blindness is available for rent on iTunes.
This week's end credit music is Danca Dos Hexagramas from the Blindness OST composed by Marco Antonio Guimaraes.
On this week's show
Izaak Smith received his break into the industry while working at a donut and coffee shop in northern B.C., when he auditioned for CTV's first season of So You Think You Can Dance: Canada. After touring across Canada with SYTYCDC's Top Ten Finalists Tour, he landed in Vancouver where he secured his first major role as Cal Price on Paul Dini's Tower Prep. Learning to skate and fight for his role, Izaak discovered how rewarding and demanding acting can be--it's like dancing, but with way less sweating.
Moving to Toronto he challenged himself again when he took on the role of King Solomon in A Fighting Man. Gaining 20lbs, and learning how to box, for the role would have been his greatest challenge if he didn't then work on the Mini Film's first short film All Of Me. Written by Mouna Traoré, her story of a young man named David struggling to figure out how not to hurt the people he loves while pursuing happiness in the modern dating world was the perfect Canadian indie project to teach Izaak that there was even more to acting than he could imagine--it's like dancing, but now everything hurts. In a good way.
zaak is currently preparing for his next Canadian role in Jay Reid's short film Spaceman
Shrimpton's Suggested Short
This week's Shrimpton Suggested Short is Your Mother and I by Anna Maguire.