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Assholes: A Theory has the answers, beginning November 13. John Walker’s entertaining and oh-so-timely feature doc starts national theatrical tour this fall.


“A thoughtful accounting of society’s most noxious people” – NOW Magazine

“Leave it to John Walker to get down to the butt of the matter… there’s much humour but also a few swift kicks to the derriere” – Toronto Star

“A quirky and unique documentary with its tongue firmly in cheek” – Cinema Axis

October 29, 2019 – Toronto – National Film Board of Canada

With venomous social media, resurgent authoritarianism and rampant narcissism threatening to trash civilization as we know it, the time has come for Assholes: A Theory (John Walker Productions/NFB in association with CBC documentary Channel), acclaimed director John Walker’slatest feature doc, opening theatrically in cities across Canadabeginning November 13.

Distributed by the NFB, the film will open first in Winnipeg, followed by theatrical dates in Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. The director will be in attendance to take audience questions in  Montreal (November 30) and Toronto (December 1).

Why do assholes thrive in certain environments? What explains their perverse appeal? And how do they keep getting elected!

Inspired by Aaron James’ New York Times bestseller of the same name, Assholes: A Theory investigates the breeding grounds of contemporary “asshole culture” and locates signs of civility in an otherwise rude-’n-nasty universe. Venturing into predominantly male domain, Walker moves from Ivy League frat clubs to the bratty princedoms of Silicon Valley and bear pits of international finance.

Lively commentary is provided by the likes of comedy legend John Cleese, former RCMP officer Sherry Lee Benson-Podolchuk, and Italian LGBTQ activist Vladimir Luxuria, who famously locked horns with Silvio Berlusconi, the p***y-grabbing prototype of the 21st-century demagogue.

Honoured with a Focus On retrospectiveat the 2018 Hot Docs film festival, Walker is one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers. Assholes: A Theory is produced by John Walker and Ann Bernier for John Walker Productions Ltd. and by Annette Clarke for the NFB’s Quebec and Atlantic Studio in Halifax.

National screening schedule


Related Products

Electronic Press Kit | Images, trailers, synopses: Assholes: A Theory

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Assholes: A Theory – website
John Walker Productions
CBC documentary Channel

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