UBC professor Ernest Mathijs publishes book-length study of Ginger Snaps
After including it in last year’s essential 100 Cult Films, author and UBC prof Ernest Mathijs has published a book-length study of the movie Ginger Snaps. Released in 2000 and starring Vancouverites Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins, John Fawcett’s postmodern werewolf film has attracted a global cult following thanks largely to what Mathijs calls its “very aggressive feminist critique of the genre”. Mathijs examines the film’s origins, production, and reception in his brisk and entertaining 130-page monograph, ultimately arguing for its place inside Canada’s cinematic canon. The folks who made Ginger Snaps evidently felt much the same way, giving Mathijs all the access he needed.
“I think they were happy to see the film finally get some recognition,” he said, adding that he’s only more impressed with Ginger Snaps after viewing it “several dozen times.” “The writing is just so, so witty and so sharp,” he told the Straight. “Anybody that reads the screenplay knows this is going to be a terrific film.” Published by the University of Toronto Press, John Fawcett’s Ginger Snaps is officially released today (October 30).