<!-- Image with unknown copyright status removed: -->The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood
is a surreal Canadian
comedy film, released in 1986. The film was directed by Andy Jones
and written by Andy and Mike Jones
, with the collaboration of a number of workshop participants. A common mistake seen is an added 's' to 'Adventure'.
Andy Jones stars as Faustus Bidgood, a clerk in the Newfoundland
provincial department of education who harbours secret dreams of becoming president of Newfoundland and leading the province to secede from Canada. The film contains several levels of what might be termed competing "realities, " oscilating between visions of mundane office work and sequences in which Bidgood accidentally leads a revolution, and containing a film within a film that narrates Faustus' real life and imaginary rise to power.
In the film within a film, we learn that Faustus' paternal grandfather has predicted that a great man will lead the people of Newfoundland to glory. His name is the Reverend Dempster Peebles, although his son (Faustus' father) is named Bruce Bidgood and Faustus full name is Faustus Peebles Bidgood.
The film also stars Jones' CODCO
colleagues Robert Joy
and Brian Downey
, respectively, as Bidgood's boss and a government official who plans to indoctrinate students in a cultish geometric
theory known as Total Education. Greg Malone
appears as a figment of Faustus' imagination, who acts as both his conscience
and as a revolutionary spokesman in... Read More