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Mattress Mick has been spotted in Toronto as his documentary opens to rave reviews

They’ve even been interviewed on telly.

thestreets Source: Twitter

BACK IN MARCH, news came through that a documentary on Mattress Mick had been picked up as a selection for the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto. Well, tonight is opening night – and the lads are already making their mark across in Canada.

Mattress Mick himself has been spotted roaming the streets of Toronto today

Source: yoyo beath/YouTube

Documentary maker Colm Quinn has followed Mick and his business partner Paul Kelly around for three years as they took Mattress Mick to national fame around Ireland through stunts, songs and generally having serious craic selling mattresses.

Paul, Mick and Brian (the man inside the mattress) are all in Toronto for the premiere tonight

And Toronto Film Scene got a sneak peak of the film before tonight’s first showing – and have given it two major thumbs up.

They say it has all sorts of hidden depths

On paper, the idea of a rapping mattress salesman sounds like a quirky starting point for a whimsical story, but outside of some huge laughs, filmmaker Colm Quinn’s Mattress Men is a heartrending look at life on the poverty line.

The character could be set to go global on the back of it

Mattress Men is a poignant tale of economic and emotional struggle. Mattress Mick’s clips have been sensations on the internet, but now hopefully the whole world can truly appreciate the heartfelt place they came from.

And TFS have named it “the most unexpected tearjerker of the festival”

Most people will probably go into Mattress Men expecting some hearty laughs based on its premise, and while they’ll get just that, they’ll also probably be surprised by how moving it all is. It’s the most unexpected tearjerker of the festival.

Well now. It looks like we have an unexpected hit on our hands here.

Not only has the film been generating buzz around the city, the lads were on a famous Toronto breakfast show talking about it yesterday

Source: El Zorrero Films/YouTube

The Irish-accented mattress was a bit of a shock to the host:

You’re not what I thought a mattress would sound like.

Indeed.

The posters are up, the festival is ready

Good luck to Mick and the lads. Toronto won’t know what hit it.

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