The Fruit Machine
Some softened by age and sadness, others loud and angry, the voices of the survivors of Canada’s public service homosexual purge are now united, and determined. They are torqued by decades of silence, years of being ignored. They demand justice, and they want to be heard.

Theirs is a story of betrayal that is both national and deeply personal. Men and women who dedicated their lives to public service, some signing oaths of allegiance and servitude; casualties of a political tapestry woven in the fibers of acute security measures that somehow became normalized.



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Friday, November 16th, 2018
The Fruit Machine | IMAGE+NATION

Countdown to Image+Nation Film Festival in Montreal next weekend! Thanks to Michael Belcher for their review. Tickets also in link.

The Fruit Machine Sarah Fodey 2018 Canada 90min english Synopsis: Powerful, vital, heart-shredding – Sarah Fodey’s documentary The Fruit Machine is essential viewing for all Canadians. ... See more

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

We screen this weekend, programmed as part of the North Bay Film Festival. Post-film Q&A with two featured voices in the film: Lynne Gouliquer, Veteran and Professor of Sociology at Laurentien ... See more

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
"Ep. 4 - The Fruit Machine" from On Docs by TVO on Apple Podcasts

TVO has a new podcast called "On Docs" and Episode 4 is now available on iTunes and is dedicated to The Fruit Machine. It was recorded live at Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto following a screening in ... See more

Colin joins director Sarah Fodey and Canadian Armed Forces veteran Patti Gray for a special screening and discussion of The Fruit Machine, a TVO original documentary that explores Canada's campaign ... See more

Monday, November 5th, 2018

Great news out of Edmonton! We won the Audience Award following yesterday’s screening at Rainbow Visions Film Festival. Thanks to the festival and all who attended.

Monday, November 5th, 2018
Photos from The Fruit Machine's post

Huge thanks to the Yukon Queer Film Alliance for an amazing week in Whitehorse. Such 🇨🇦 hospitality. But how could you go wrong with a giant pink moose and a sparkly pink carpet?

Thursday, November 1st, 2018
Rainbow Visions Offers a Great Lineup of Films for Its Fourth Annual Fest | Vue Weekly

Thanks to Vue Weekly for the shout-out. Reminder that we're screening in Edmonton on Sunday, November 4th.

Featured • Film • This Week Rainbow Visions Offers a Great Lineup of Films for Its Fourth Annual Fest October 31, 2018by Chelsea NovakAdd Comment A Rainbow of Excellent Films Thu., Nov. 1 – ... See more

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Save the date, Montreal! The Fruit Machine will screen on the 24th of November. Time and location to be announced soon.

Friday, October 12th, 2018

We're thrilled to announce that we're an official selection in Edmonton's Rainbow Visions Film Festival! Sunday, November 4th.

Thursday, October 4th, 2018
Be aware: Two anger-inducing documentaries of hate and malice

Thanks to the The Globe and Mail’s John Doyle.

The Fruit Machine chronicles the ‘gay purge’ of Canada’s military, while White Right: Meeting the Enemy takes a look at white nationalism and the rise of the neo-Nazi movement

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Grateful for the opportunity to attend a screening of "The Fruit Machine" about the LGBTQ purge at @spao_613, and to learn from CAF veterans, survivors, about how their expulsion from the military affected them.

Diane Pitre was told she was not a good @CanadianForces soldier because of her sexual orientation. For Diane, the @CanadianPM LGBTQ2 apology was an acknowledgement. A confirmation. She was a good soldier and what happened to her was wrong. #FreeToBeMe

Nice sighting of Barry Deeprose in downtown Ottawa on this the last day of an incredible 2018 for us. Grateful, thankful and looking forward to more screenings in the new year.

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