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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Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
The Fruit Machine

For those in Winnipeg, please come join us in a few weeks! Oct 9th at 9pm.

The Fruit Machine       Dir. by Sarah Fodey 81 min, Documentary, 2018, Canada, English Some softened by age and sadness, others loud and angry, the voices of the survivors of Canada’s public ... See more

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
Parker & the Picture Shows

A recent review from Jordan Parker out of Halifax.

A harsh look at the federal military system in Canada and the gay purge that began in the 1940s outlines The Fruit Machine. The film has come out following a June 2018 ruling that reconciliation and ... See more

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
TVO Broadcast Trailer

Enjoy TVO's trailer which includes the URL for those out-of-province asking how to view the film online.

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
TVO Original documentary The Fruit Machine explores a dark chapter in the history of Canada and the LGTBQ+ community

Feel free to share TVO's press release on our upcoming premiere! We hope you'll be able to tune in opening weekend. Thanks for all the support.

Toronto, Sept. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TVO presents the World Broadcast Premiere of TVO Original documentary The Fruit Machine September 29 at 9 pm ET, and will also be available to stream on ... See more

Sunday, September 16th, 2018

My mother saw a commercial for our documentary tonight on a Windsor station. Said she looked up and there I was, she's looking forward to watching it on September 29.

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018
Film Review: The Fruit Machine

It was the estimable Pierre Trudeau who, in 1967, boldly announced that the government had no place in the bedrooms of the nation. Two years later, as Prime Minister, he spearheaded the decriminali…

Saturday, August 18th, 2018
LGBT Purge Playhouse 2018

This slideshow was put together with love by Gail Costello who organized the recent screening of the film in Fredericton.

Slide show of past and present photos from the survivors of the LGBT Purge that happened to Military, RCMP and Federal employees from the 10950's to the mid ...

Wednesday, August 15th, 2018
Documentaries: THE FRUIT MACHINE - FIN Atlantic International Film Festival

Thrilled to announce that we're headed to the Atlantic International Film Festival in Halifax this September! Box office is now open.

FIN Atlantic International Film Festival curates movies and shorts from local, national and international storytellers exploring vast emotional journeys that engage, entertain and invigorate Atlantic ... See more

Monday, July 30th, 2018

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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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#Canada Must Cancel Vehicles Sales to #Saudi Arabia; #UN: Saudi anti-terror laws stifle #dissent; Watch The Fruit Machine; US lawmakers sign pledge to end #foreverwars; UK & US bombs killed 1,000 civilians in #Yemen & more #cdnpoli

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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