After 11 years of bringing you local reporting, the team behind the Vancouver Observer has moved on to Canada's National Observer. You can follow Vancouver culture reporting over there from now on. Thank you for all your support over the years!

Reel to Real presents Crocodiles 3 screening and a film workshop this weekend

The anticipated Crocodiles film trilogy's final, "Crocodiles 3: All For One" will be shown this Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Vancity Theatre at 1:00 -- followed by a free film criticism workshop for children and youth.

Maria and Kai in a scene from Crocodiles 3: All For One. Courtesy: Reel to Real

For the fourth consecutive year, Reel to Real will present the Film For All Ages screening with the final instalment of the award-winning Suburban Crocodiles film series, Crocodiles 3: All for One (Vorstadtkrokodile 3 – Alle Für Einen) this Saturday, Jan. 14 at the the Vancity Theatre

Reel to Real's initiative prior to the actual festival in April is "to raise awareness of the importance of great films for young audiences," said Venay Felton, Reel to Real Film Festival director. Crocodiles 1 and Crocodiles 2 participated in the festival in 2010 (winning the Reel to Real award) and 2011, respectively and have become a childrens' favourite.

The film, directed by Wolfgang Groos and based on the 1977 best-selling book Suburban Crocodiles (Die Vorstadtkrokodile) by Max von der Drüng, comes back with Hanness and the rest of the Crocodiles gang (a sort of small town Goonies) to share their last adventure as they transition through adolescence. The cast of children has remained the same since the first instalment.

As the film begins it’s summer. Hanness (Nick Romeo Reimann) celebrates his 13th birthday by the lake with his sweetheart and fellow Crocodile, Maria (Leonie Tepe). Soon after, the rest of the gang joins them and go kart racing except for Olli (Manuel Steitz), who leaves to go on vacation with his girlfriend, while Kai (Fabian Halbig) is off to play at a wheelchair basketball tournament.

Everyone is enjoying their last taste of childhood fun and are racing at a very fast pace. While struggling to get in to first place, Frank (David Hürten) drives off the track and gets badly injured. He urgently needs a living liver donor transplant to save his life.

To make things worse, Frank’s only hope for survival – his older brother – is serving time in jail for robbery. Ironically, the Crocodiles helped to bring Frank's brother to justice in the first instalment.

The gang finds new headquarters and settle in a fancy office at an empty skyscraper to concoct their most daring plan ever, which includes Hanness, sliding along a zip line a la Tom Cruise from building to building. In spite of the risks, nothing will stop the Crocodiles' attempt to free Frank’s brother and save their friend’s life.

Crocodiles 3 carries on the wit, entertainment and humour of the previous movies and expands on the themes of the power of friendship, loyalty, courage, sense of community, acceptance and tolerance. At the same time, it throws a nostalgic glance on the joys of old-school outdoor games entwined with modern gadgets. As the gang grows up, it also examines the awkwardness of the first love and what entails coming of age. Film preceded by five shorts. Watch the trailer.


Photo courtesy of Reel to Real 

Film Criticism Workshop for Youth

If you have or know youth between 9 and 19-years-old who are interested in film, this is the workshop for them. Reel to Real will facilitate a 90-minute free film criticism workshop, right after the Crocodiles 3 screening. This will serve to prepare the future Youth Jury for the 14th Reel to Real Film Festival in April. 

The workshop covers all points of criticism, plot, structure, character development, direction, as well as some of the technical aspects such as editing , sound and lighting to get the kids talking about films.

“They (kids) are actually quite savvy about films, but don't necessarily have the vocabulary,” Reel to Real founder Venay Felton noted.

Vancouver Film School's Jessica Bradford is the workshop facilitator and jury coordinator

Alternatively, those who already know about film criticism might like to submit a review of 100 to 250 words of any movie. They must able to commit to attending four screenings at the Mount Pleasant Public Library, and three during the festival and the award presentation.

“We are looking for ability to speak or write about film,” Felton added.

The workshops seem to spark the film bug in budding film critics. Felton added that many former Youth Jury members have gone on to work as directors or actors, attended film school, or have become public speakers in other areas.

“We believe all youth benefit from the experience. They are exposed to different cultures, and learn how to be critical viewers of film and television, skills that can be applied in many professions.”

Click here for more information on tickets and Reel to Real's initiatives.

Take our survey and WIN a ski weekend at The Westin Whistler and lift tickets for Whistler Blackcomb.

More in Film

Howdy, Modi

Patwardhan's "Reason" at VIFF; Gods, guns and goondas in "World's largest democracy"

From China to VIFF: Cinéma Virtualité

Hungry Ghosts: invisible exhibitionists livestream online in Zhu Shengze's "Present.Perfect"

Please touch the artwork

Edo Avant Garde & Ursula von Rydingsvard: cutting edge concretism, old & new, East & West @ VIFF
Speak up about this article on Facebook or Twitter. Do this by liking Vancouver Observer on Facebook or following us @Vanobserver on Twitter. We'd love to hear from you.