Actor Scott Speedman stars as notorious Toronto bank robber Edwin Alonzo Boyd in Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster.

Actor Scott Speedman stars as notorious Toronto bank robber Edwin Alonzo Boyd in Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster.

Canadian bank robber is subject of film

Vernon Film Society screens Canadian feature Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster, a true story about the notorious bank robber.

The Vernon Film Society is pleased to present the first film of the 2012 summer season, Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster.

Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster won Best Canadian First Feature at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for five Genie awards.

The film tells the true story of the notorious outlaw whose string of flamboyant, headline-grabbing bank robberies in mid-century Toronto made him Canada’s own Public Enemy No. 1.

The dashing Boyd (Scott Speedman, Barney’s Version) returns from duty in the Second World War to the grim realities of normal life, where he is forced to work as a streetcar driver in order to support his young family.

Barely able to make ends meet and filled with dreams of fame and fortune, Boyd impulsively picks up his service pistol, disguises himself, and robs a bank.

High on his newfound wealth and media attention, Boyd becomes a professional thief and it is only after he lands in prison that he realizes the pain he has caused his family.  However, after escaping from jail, he returns to a life of crime.

The film is shot entirely in Sault St. Marie and features an outstanding supporting cast. As Bruce Kirkland of The Toronto Sun said, “(This) colourful, bittersweet saga of Edwin Alonzo Boyd, a true story, now has an American-sized treatment… The film is compelling, beautiful to behold  and populated with a great ensemble (cast).”

Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster will be shown at the Vernon Towne Cinema Monday at 5:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. (Note time change).  Tickets are available at the door and one week ahead at the theatre and the Bean Scene for $7.