Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Also Opening: Holy Hell, KISS Rock Vegas and Canadian Sport Film Festival

Holy Hell

Do cults ever end well? Promising kinship and spiritual satisfaction, guru-led groups prey on lost souls and those desperate for belonging and reasons to believe. Will Allen was one of those guys. A recent film-school graduate, in the mid 1980s he joined Buddhafield (a secretive California mystical community led by a mysterious, charismatic South American), and became its official documentarian. His full-access footage became the stock of Holy Hell, an exploration into megalomania and cult-world abuse. (Bloor Hot Docs)

KISS Rock Vegas

Story continues below advertisement

There will be blood. A one-night screening showcases the costumed rockers KISS on stage in Las Vegas, where Gene Simmons and company dress to kill, shout it out loud and rock and roll all night at the Hard Rock Hotel. (Select Cineplex theatres, May 25)

Canadian Sport Film Festival

Now in its eighth year, an annual schedule of inspiring sport-related films opens with Fighting for Peace, a documentary that profiles two young boxers who look to escape the hard life of Rio de Janeiro, the city that hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics. (May 20 to 22, TIFF Bell Lightbox).

Report an error Licensing Options
About the Author

Brad Wheeler is an arts reporter with The Globe and Mail. More


The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at