Decades after the apocalypse leaves the world in permanent nuclear winter, The Kid roams the wasteland scavenging for comic books and ‘80s paraphernalia. He trades knick-knacks at a trading post for fresh water, the most valuable commodity in this land soaked by toxic rain. His routine existence is disrupted when he meets Apple. Just as Apple starts to bring The Kid out of his isolated world, she’s kidnapped. Armed with only blind faith and an ancient turbocharged weapon, The Kid must embark on a journey to rid the Wasteland of evil and save the girl of his dreams.
A Canadian/New Zealand co-production, Turbo Kid is the world’s first post-apocalyptic coming-of-age splatter actioner with a dash of romance. A bloody but sweet-natured love letter to 80s nostalgia and the tale of an orphaned outcast becoming a reluctant hero in the wasteland of an alternate future. Turbo Kid is part BMX action, part post-apocalyptic devastation, part gore-soaked mayhem, part good-natured fun - all wrapped up in an unusual love story that every shy/ nerd/ geek/outsider can relate to.
Turbo Kid is written and directed by RKSS: Anouk Whissell, François Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissell.
“We always envisioned Turbo Kid to be like some lost crazy kids movie from an alternate 1980s that’s somehow has just been rediscovered.
We wanted a love story to be surrounded by these exploitation signatures we grew up in love with – the post- apocalyptic scenario, the over-the-top gore, the super turbo explosions and the BMX tricks for good measure. We were going for a retro inspired aesthetic, not just from the overall visual presentation but how the narrative unfolds, one that isn’t rushed or forced. We wanted Turbo Kid to appeal to a whole new generation of kids (and arrested adolescents) so it’s got a hip sensibility and sheen to it.
Our main influences for Turbo Kid come from: BMX Bandits – primarily for its costumes, the plastic-like colour palette and its friendship story; The Road Warrior - for its landscapes, action and post- apocalyptic scenario; Cherry 2000 – for its sweet cheesiness and the robot love story; Peter Jackson’s Braindead – for its slapstick practical gore effects; and the ridiculousness of Italian post- apocalyptic films.
To all of this we added our own signatures of dark humour and action sequences filled with a particular rhythm and style."
RKSS, also known as Roadkill Superstar, has written and directed over twenty short films, many of which have won awards at various festivals abroad, including Le Bagman, T is For Turbo and Demonitron.
T&A Films is a partnership between two New Zealanders – producer and distributor Ant Timpson and arts and entertainment lawyer Tim Riley. Their most recent credits include Housebound and ABCS of Death 2.
Turbo Kid is financed by Telefilm Canada, New Zealand Film Commission, the Quebec Provincial Tax Credit Program, the Canadian Tax Credit Program and Alchemy 24 and our collaborators Cinepool, Departement Camera and Curious Films.
2015: Sundance, SXSW (Audience Award), Seattle International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Phoenix Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival, Fantaspoa (Best Film, Best Art Direction), Sitges Film Festival (Special Jury Prize for Best Film, Best Music), Art Film Festival, Awesome Fest, PIFAN (Best director), Next Fest, Con Film Fest, Dallas International Film Festival, HOFF, Little Rock Film Festival, Fantasia International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Frightfest (Best Actress, Best Death), Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival, CPH Pix, Imagine Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival, Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film, Way Out West, Trieste International Science Fiction Film Festival, Monsters of Stockholm, Helsinki International Film Festival, Kaohsiung Film Festival, Motelx Lisbon Film Festival, Berlin Fantasy Film Festival, L'Etrange Film Festival, Horror Hound, Knoxville Horror Film Festival, Morbido Film Festival, MAMI, Donostia (Audience Award for Best Film), Science & Fiction (Special Mention for Humor), SUFF, Strasbourg Film Festival, Utopia, Yellowknife Film Festival, Milwaulkee Film Festival, SK Film Festival, Olympia Film Festival, Mini Indie Film Festival, 30 Dies Film Festival (Best Film, Best Direction, Best Actress - Laurence Leobeuf, Best Music, Best Special Effects), FanCine, Catcumba, Chicago Film Festival, QuebecCine MX, International Film Festival of Istanbul., l'Absurd Seance, Feratum, Adelaide Film Festival, Vermont International Film Festival, Proxy Film Festival, San Sebastian Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (Audience Award), Cine de Terror Molin de Rei (Audience Award), Festival de Cinema Fantastica Andorra (Best Feature Film, Best Directors, Best Actress, Best Original Score, Best FX), NEXTFest, 2016: Cutrecon V, Titanic International Filmpresence Festival, Midnight Monster Movies with Dr. Bob, Celebration Cinema North, Junktown, Epic Bike Movie Night, Le Fist, PKO Off Camera International Film Festival, Cinepal, Gateway Film Center, Victoria TX Independent Film Festival, Future Gate Sci-Fi Film Festival, Festival 48 Images Seconde