Edwin Boyd was a notorious 1950s Toronto criminal, and the film of the same name had its premiere at TIFF this week. It was filmed entirely in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Toronto native Scott Speedman stars as Boyd. We spoke with him, director Nathan Morlando and producer Allison Black about the film which also stars Kelly Reilly, Kevin Durand, Charlotte Sullivan and Brian Cox.
Edwin Boyd was the son of a Toronto cop. He robbed his first bank in 1949, and the Boyd Gang was formed after he broke of prison for the first time in 1951. Caught again March of 1952, Boyd and his cellmates managed to escape yet again six months later.
Boyd died in 2002, but luckily Morlando - who also wrote the script - got to meet him before his passing. He told Playback "Eddie was a hugely charming man, and Scott is one of the most charming men I've ever met."
In 1998, a CBC Life and Times documentary featured Edwin Boyd, where he admitted to committing many more crimes than he'd actually been charged with over the years.