Doug Ford is the calling the makers of an outlandish dark comedy about his late brother’s crack video scandal “scumbags.”
In an interview with CityNews on Tuesday night, Ford also called the timing of the film’s release — just days after the first anniversary of Rob Ford’s death — “tasteless.”
Ford believes the filmmakers are exploiting the late mayor’s well documented drug problem.
“We all know he had an issue,” Doug said. “He went and got help for that issue and we’re proud of it. And anyone who wants to make a profit of someone else’s illness – well, It’s unfortunate for them.”
The poster for the film, titled Filth City, includes a depiction of a mayor toting an assault rifle with a crack pipe in his mouth. The poster reads: “The crime rate is high. So is the mayor.”
The film, directed by Andy King, and written by King and Danny Polishchuk will debut on March 25 at 8 p.m., when it closes out the Canadian Film Fest at Scotiabank Theatre. Ford died on March 22, 2016 after a battle with cancer.
Actor Pat Thornton plays Tom Hogg, described in a synopsis of the film as “a drug-addicted mayor fighting for re-election.” The synopsis adds that after he’s caught on tape smoking crack, “he’ll do almost anything to keep it out of the wrong hands.”
Founder of the Canadian Film Fest, Bern Euler, believes the film will be a “crowd-pleaser” and says it shouldn’t be taken too seriously.
“While it is based on Rob Ford, it is a comedy,” he said. “At the end of the day this is a really entertaining movie.”