Rubber Carpet

Rubber Carpet

"Rubber Carpet" is a 1997 Canadian film starring Jonathan Wilson and Judy Coffey and directed by John May. It received acclaim from audiences at film festivals (such as the Leeds International Film Festival) but failed to find a distribution company.


Ansel (Wilson) is a wanna-be artist, full time dishwasher who isn't nearly as good a painter as he thinks he is. When he quits his menial, but stable job washing dishes to pursue his art career, girlfriend Tallulah (Coffey) is furious. They break up and Ansel spends his days creating horrible art (like a puck floating in urine) and trying to earn government grants.

Meanwhile, Talluah is being driven crazy by her upstairs neighbour who constantly plays "Layla" Eric Clapton at a loud volume. Banadek (Richard Sali) is Ansel's former co-worker and dishwasher. He spends the course of the film talking about the process of dishwashing. To him it is a religious experience.

The film consists of the two main characters discussing their break up in monologue, mixed with scenes of the two going through typical post-break up rituals, like giving back each other's possessions. Eventually, they come to a realization about themselves, and their roles in each other lives.


* Ansel – Jonathan Wilson
* Tallulah – Judy Coffey
* Banadek – Richard Sali


*Written by John May & Suzanne Bolch
*Produced by Suzanne Bolch
*Music by Carlos Lopes
*Cinematography by Glenn Warner
*Assistant Director: Daniel J. Murphy


Rubber Carpet runs 82 minutes and was filmed in Toronto, Ontario for a very small budget (approximately $10,000 CDN). The film is black and white and was released in April, 1997.

External links

*imdb title|0313541|Rubber Carpet

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