Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel

Director Neil Graham and Derreck Roemer
Genre Documentary
Runtime 65 minutes
Country of Origin Canada
Language English
Supplier Insurgent Projects Inc.
Festivals/Awards Gemini Award - Best Direction in a Documentary Series 2008
Release Date In theatres on November 9, 2010
DVD/Blu-ray available on November 9, 2010


In 2000, developers purchase the century-old Gladstone Hotel to turn it from skid row flophouse to arts and music hotspot. They think it's empty... until they meet Marilyn Maskell, the chambermaid with a heart of gold; Shirley Ann Lowery, the cynical front desk clerk; and a motley crew of residents, including Maryanne Akulick, a sweet ex-bag lady with a penchant for collecting things. The staff and residents -- some who have been there for over 30 years -- worry they'll be squeezed out during the hotel's revitalization.

The developers come up with a plan; gradual restoration, seeing staff and residents remain upstairs, while the bar sells designer drinks to hip new clientele downstairs. It doesn't work. Ultimately, experimental filmmaker, Christina Zeidler, inherits the mess and forms a "business model that includes social change," but the hotel has the last word. City inspectors demand complete rewiring, the boiler blows up leaving the building without heat, ceilings leak, walls crumble and now it's up to Zeidler to decide what to do.

Shot over five years in a cinema direct style, this film is an intimate portrait of urban renewal upon the poor, revealing the unintentional roles we often play in the process of gentrification.

Gemini Award - Best Direction in a Documentary Series 2008

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Press & Articles

“An interview with documentary filmmakers Neil Graham and Derrek Roemer” - The Toronto Star

“Not so Gladstone: NNNN” - NOW Magazine

“'Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel' Review” - CHARTattack

“Let’s all love movies about hating Toronto and about what terrible gentrifiers we are” - Spacing Toronto

“Goodbye at the Gladstone” - The Toronto Star

Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel

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