Before it was a film, it was a highly successful (aptly named) stage musical, STRIKE!. It received critical praise coast to coast, with the Globe and Mail describing it as “One of the best musicals on any stage,” and CBC Radio calling it “Irresistibly catchy”. It seemed natural to adapt it for the big screen, and we want you to be one of the first to see it!
STRIKE!, follows a Romeo & Juliet-esque tale set in 1919, amidst the political and social turmoil on Winnipeg streets at that time. Stefan (Marshall Williams) and his father (Gregg Henry) flee Ukraine for the New World, where they struggle to earn enough to re-unite the family. Stefan is instantly smitten with his Jewish suffragette neighbour, Rebecca (Laura Slade Wiggins) but Rebecca’s brother Moishe and Mike oppose the burgeoning romance. Meanwhile, soldiers returning from the war are angry at the lack of jobs, and violently threaten the city’s immigrants, including Emma (Lisa Bell), a refugee fleeing racial strife in Oklahoma. When a movement develops for workers to leave their jobs in protest, a wealthy lawyer pits them against each other in a dramatic final stand.