CHARLIE ZONE is a multi-award winning dramatic thriller set against the drug-ravaged streets of one of Canada’s roughest cities. Avery Paul, a disgraced boxer and ex-convict, is hired to abduct a runaway from a crackhouse and return her safely to her family. But nothing goes as planned and nothing is what it seems. What follows is a twisting, harrowing ride through society's underside, as two lost people attempt to face the darkness—in their world and themselves—and somehow find redemption.
The film is a gritty panoramic of Halifax as it has become in 2011—one of the most violent and troubled cities in the nation. With its clash between rich and poor, young against old, race against race, the film reflects the multicultural life of a 'postcard city' on its margins and in its ghettos, a place where police rarely intervene, where the residents are viewed as less than human. CHARLIE ZONE is compelling and dimensional portrait of a place, its people, and a struggle to escape.
- Bobby Del Rio, Reelworld Programmer, Canadian Features