Filth City, directed by first time filmmaker Andy King, has been making quite a few headlines lately, since the story is quite obviously influenced by the scandals surrounding late former Toronto mayor Rob Ford. Beginning its life as a web series, Filth City is divided up into 12 chapters that tells the story of the scandals and corruption plaguing the city of York, whether it be the central crack video, an ongoing garbage strike, or Hogg's plans to develop a waterfront monstrosity.
While Filth City is indeed the type of controversial story that will infuriate the political right, it turns out to be a surprisingly well produced film. While the episodic nature does affect the pacing somewhat, the story actually goes past the real life inspirations. Pat Thornton gives off a big Chris Farley vibe as Tom Hogg, who is often more a big red faced buffoon than anything else, While Filth City undoubtedly pushes some buttons, it ends up being a well done mix of big city satire and exploitation film.