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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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

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Wow! What a shocking story TVO thank you for airing. I honestly cannot believe this happened. What a disgraceful piece of Canadian history. I always respected the RCMP to the highest regard. To ... See more

Thursday, October 4th, 2018
Canada's Gay Purge

Thanks to The Agenda with Steve Paikin for having Patti, John, and Sarah on this evening to discuss the purge. Watch the segment online at the link below.

The Agenda discusses the documentary, "The Fruit Machine."

Monday, October 1st, 2018

This documentary gave “courage” a new meaning for me. Thank you. Outstanding. Thank you.

Saturday, September 29th, 2018

Today's the day! Who's planning on watching our world broadcast premiere tonight at 9pm EST on TVO or at And for those interested, join the conversation on Twitter during the broadcast using ... See more

Thursday, September 27th, 2018
TVO Presents: The Fruit Machine

Please join us tonight in Toronto for a special screening with TVO at Hot Docs cinema at 6pm. Use the code "FRIEND" to get 50% off the $10 ticket price thanks to Pride Toronto.

You are invited to a special screening of The Fruit Machine. Canada treated its LGBTQ community very differently in the 1950s and 1960s than it does today, both in society and in public policy. ... See more

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Queerguru reviews @TFMfilm a captivating on how the Canadian authorities purged the #LGBTQ community after WW2 : screening at @BFIFlare this month @ILoveGayMovies

@NRCan @sandbayent @sarahfodey @WE_MVMT @TVOdocs This was my 2nd time watching #TheFruitMachine, and it was just as powerful and as painful to watch. Thank you for organizing this event, so important to bring this awareness to our workplace

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Great and emotional documentary. A MUST SEE. Thank you @sarahfodey and @WE_MVMT for joining us. It was an honour to have been part of organizing this screening.

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