We don’t know what the greatest word in the English language was before, but we know what it is now: “KeanuCon.” Late in April, fans of the action star will come together to honor his long career, thanks to a first-of-its-kind film festival dedicated entirely to a man who made the word “whoa” iconic.
The event is being put together by Matchbox Cineclub, “an independent exhibitor for cineoutcasts, orphans and outliers,” at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow, Scotland (which we learned about at Little White Lies) for two days, on the weekend of April 27 and 28.
The slate will feature a wide range of his Reeves’ movies, starting with 1985’s One Step Away. Included are some of his most famous films, like both Bill & Ted movies, Constantine, and Speed, as well as some deeper cuts from his career, like Permanent Record. The festival will end with his most recent film he co-starred in with Winona Ryder, Destination Wedding. (Unfortunately, Bram Stoker’s Dracula will not be screened.)
The question isn’t whether we’d want to attend KeanuCon (just typing that phrase feels good); the question is why haven’t we had one before. It’s like, whoa, this is a great idea, and the best word ever.
You can purchase your tickets through Matchbox Cineclub’s website, and you can find the full two-day lineup of Keanu movies (which sadly also does not include Point Break) and special events* listed below.
One Step Away (Robert Fortier, 1985)
Permanent Record (Marisa Silver, 1988)
My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant, 1991)
Speed (Jan de Bont, 1994)
The Matrix (Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, 1999)
John Wick (Chad Stahelski, David Leitch, 2014)
Man of Tai Chi (Keanu Reeves, 2013)
Constantine (Francis Lawrence, 2005)
Challenge Death with Dice Roll Cafe*
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Stephen Herek, 1989)
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (Peter Hewitt, 1991)
Wyld Stallyns Live*
Destination Wedding (Victor Levin, 2019)
Images: Summit Entertainment, Matchbox Coneclub/Vero Navarro