Finding The Heart of Canadian True Crime Talking With Director Allan Ungar About ‘Bandit’

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Finding The Heart of Canadian True Crime Talking With Director Allan Ungar About ‘Bandit’

There are some stories of ‘true crime’ out there that just can’t shake their Canadianess….

On this episode of ‘In The Seats With’ we dive into some of the realities behind the most infamous string of bank and jewelry heists in Canadian history that have been put to the screen in the new film ‘Bandit’

In 1985, Gilbert Galvan Jr (Josh Duhamel), a charming career criminal, escapes from a US prison in Michigan and crosses the border into Canada where he assumes the identity Robert Whiteman. After falling in love with Andrea (Elisha Cuthbert), a caring social worker he can’t provide for, he turns to robbing banks and discovers that he’s exceptionally good at it. Under the guise of a security analyst, Robert begins flying around the country robbing multiple cities in a day, eventually catching the attention of national news outlets that dub him The Flying Bandit. Addicted to the rush and money that provides his double life, Robert eventually turns to loanshark and reputed gangster Tommy Kay (Mel Gibson) for bigger opportunities. But with Robert’s notoriety growing in record time, he is put into the direct sights of a ruthless detective (Nestor Carbonell) who will stop at nothing to bring him down.

It’s true crime; Canadian style and we had the pleasure of sitting down with the director of Bandit before it hits theatres this coming Friday.  We talked about discovering the story, honouring all the real people involved and still keeping it’s Canadian edge….even though it wasn’t shot here…

Bandit is in theatres and on demand from Quiver Distribution this coming Friday September 23rd.


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