Rob Stefaniuk plays Joey, the lead singer and driving force in The Winners band. Suck marks Stefaniuk’s second feature film which he wrote, stars in and directs in addition to co-writing the music and lyrics for seven of the songs. He wrote, directed, starred and wrote some of the soundtrack for his first feature film, Phil the Alien, a comedy about an alien and a beaver. An actor since 1990, and a musician for even longer, Rob has worked in numerous television shows appearing as both guest lead and series regular. Stefaniuk was also named the winner of the “Don Haig Encouragement Fund” for promising new filmmaker.
Jessica Paré plays Jennifer, the bass player whose transformation into a vampire propels The Winners band into the limelight. After living in Los Angeles for several years, Jessica returned to her native Canada to star in back-to-back projects. Paré got her start when she was handpicked by Denys Arcand to star in his celebrity satire, Stardom¸ as a young beauty plucked from a small-town and launched into international superstardom. Since that auspicious debut, she has appeared in a variety of movies, series and mini-series, throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S.
Dave Foley plays Jeff, The Winners sleazy and opportunistic band manager. Foley was born and raised in Toronto where he attended alternative high schools. At a young age, he began writing stand-up comedy for creative writing projects. His interest in improve led him to comedy workshops, where he met and teamed with Kevin McDonald. They became “The Kids in the Hall” one year later and the rest is history! Some of the many films Foley has starred in include Sky High, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, A Blast From the Past, South Park: Biggest and Longer, Cars, and Postal.
Mike Lobel, plays Sam, the drummer in The Winners band. One of Lobelâ€™s most notable performances is his portrayal of Jay Hogart, a manipulative school bully on Degrassi: The Next Generation, an immensely popular teenage drama series which airs on CTV in Canada, and originated on the CBC. In 2003 Lobel made his movie debut in an adaptation of Oliver Twist directed by Jacob Tierney entitled Twist in which he played a small role as a street thug alongside actor Nick Stahl.
Paul Anthony plays Tyler, the lead guitarist in the fictitious rock’ n’ roll band, The Winners. Having never played any instrument before, he studied tirelessly to learn the seven original songs for Suck. Paul has acted in more than 30 film and television productions, including Blade Trinity and the Emmy-Award winning Traffic. In 2004, he received rave reviews for his starring role in Eighteen, opposite Alan Cumming. He most recently starred in Blaine Thurier’s A Gun To The Head, which is also premiering at this year’s TIFF. He currently produces and hosts his own cable access television series in Vancouver – Paul Anthony’s TALENT TIME.
Iggy Pop plays Victor, a rock artist who has retired from the limelight to become a record producer. Iggy Pop is an American rock singer, songwriter and actor. He is widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic stage performers of all time. Pop began calling himself Iggy after his band in high school, The Iguanas. Thereafter, Pop became the lead singer of The Stooges who virtually single-handedly godfathered punk rock, garage rock and American heavy metal in the 1960s/70s.
Alice Cooper plays the ominous Bartender who haunts Joey, the lead singer of The Winners. Cooper pioneered a grandly theatrical brand of hard rock that was designed to shock. Drawing equally from horror movies, vaudeville, and garage rock, the group created a stage show that featured electric chairs, guillotines, fake blood and boa constrictors. He continues to tour regularly, performing shows worldwide with the dark and horror-themed theatrics for which he’s best known. With his influence on rock’ n’ roll long since acknowledged, there is little that Alice Cooper hasn’t achieved in his remarkable career, including platinum albums, sold-out tours and any number of honors and career achievement awards.
Malcolm McDowell plays Eddie Van Helsig, a vampire hunter who is afraid of the dark. Arguably amongst the most dynamic and inventive of world-class actors, yet one also capable of immense charm, humor and poignancy, Malcolm McDowell has created a gallery of iconographic characters since catapulting to the screen as “Mick Travis”, the rebellious upperclassman, in Lindsay Anderson’s prize-winning sensation, IF…, and making his place in movie history as the gleefully amoral “Alex” in A Clockwork Orange.
Moby plays Beef Bellows, the lead singer of The Secretaries of Steak. Moby has been making music since he was 9 years old, playing the classical guitar. He started dj’ing after leaving college, and was a fixture in the late 80’s New York house and hip-hop scenes. He released his first single ‘Go’ in 1991 (listed as one of Rolling Stones best records of all time), and has been making albums ever since. He has toured tirelessly, playing well over 3,000 concerts in his career, and has also had his music used in hundreds of different films, including Heat, Any Given Sunday, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The Beach, among others.
Henry Rollins plays Rockin’ Roger, an edgy radio show host who mysteriously disappears on air during an interview with The Winners. Born in Washington, D.C., Rollins is an American singer-songwriter, monologuist author, actor and publisher. He first gained fame as lead singer for the band Black Flag in 1981. In 1986 formed the Rollins Band, with which he has since been making records and touring the world. As well as performing in several movies and television shows, Rollins hosts a weekly radio show “Harmony In My Head” on Indie 103.1 FM in Los Angeles.
Dimitri Coats plays Queeny, the head vampire responsible for turning The Winners band into vampires. Born in Columbia, MO, Coats grew up primarily in the Boston area. He dropped out of Juilliard’s acting program after a couple of years to start a rock band with his wife Melanie who also attended Juilliard for modern dance. Together they started the Burning Brides out of Philadelphia in 1999. Burning Brides have appeared on Conan O’Brien twice and have a song on the first Guitar Hero video game. In addition to a supporting role in the motion picture Suck, Coats also appeared in Passenger Side, both scheduled for a 2009 release.
Alex Lifeson plays the Border Guard who gives The Winners a hard time at the border until he discovers that like himself, they are musicians. Lifeson is best known as the broadly-skilled guitarist for the rock group Rush, which he founded in 1968. The most successful Canadian music group in history, Rush is the third most prolific seller of consecutive American Gold and Platinum Records and videos, behind only the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
Calico Cooper plays a cheeky waitress alongside her father, who is the ominous bartender in the rock’ n’ roll vampire comedy, Suck. An avid horror fan, Calico has appeared in such independent movies as the award-winning Rolling, an exploration of ecstasy-fueled “rave” scene, to such shockers as Bloodline, Junkfood Horrorfest, The Curse of El Charro and more recently Dakata Skye. As a featured dancer for her father’s world tours, Calico also plans to write and produce her own films under her own production company.
Barbara Mamabolo born in Toronto, Mamabolo began her acting career at 13 and is known for roles in several teen series and films including Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Instant Star, Beautiful People, and three seasons as the title character in the children’s series Zixx. Having played several singers including the role of Angela in the Britney Spears-produced MOW Brave New Girl, and Janet Jackson in VH1’s Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story, Mamabolo has recently decided to explore her singing talent in a new role as the lead singer of Toronto-based R&B; band Mamabolo.
Nicole de Boer plays Susan. Nicole a Toronto native began acting at age seventeen, she was cast as a series regular in the CBC drama “9B” (1988). Nicole’s numerous television credits include: Beyond Reality, First Resort, Catwalk, The Kids in the Hall, The Outer Limits, PSI Factor, Maniac Mansion, and Deepwater Black. On film, she was featured in Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy, co-starred in National Lampoon’s Senior Trip with Matt Frewer and Tommy Chong and was in the critically received Sci-Fi movie, Cube and was cast in the 7th and final season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine replacing Terry Farrell as the Dax symbiont’ host.