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CDN Spectrum at Hot Docs – Take 2

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CDN Spectrum at Hot Docs – Take 2
by Ralph Lucas – Publisher

(April 20, 2022 – Toronto, ON) There’s a lot to cover as we look at another 3 of the 12 feature documentaries screening in the Canadian Spectrum this year at Hot Docs. What these three films have in common is serious work by relatively new filmmakers.

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No stranger to Hot Docs, filmmaker Andrew Moir brought his 2017 short Babe, I Hate to Go to the festival that year and picked up a nomination for Best Short Documentary at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards. He builds on that short with a new feature doc titled Don’t Come Searching, which will have its World Premiere at Hot Docs. The film centres on two people and their lives together and apart. Every spring for the last 13 years, Delroy leaves his partner Sophia and their kids behind in the small Jamaican hamlet of Top Hill so that he can earn money working on a farm in Canada. But the year this documentary was made, Delroy cuts short his stay in Canada and returns home. He has brought an engagement ring for Sophia and the news of an unexpected diagnosis of terminal cancer. Moir gently chronicles the last days of Sophia and Delroy’s relationship as she cares for her new spouse.

Don’t Come Searching screens:
Monday, May 2, 5:45pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre
Friday, May 6 at 3:30pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

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Rojek runs a little over 2 hours and will have its North American Premiere on Saturday, April 30. Screening in competition, Rojek is just the 2nd feature documentary written and directed by Zaynê Akyol, who was born in Turkey and is a Université du Québec à Montréal graduate with Bachelor and Master Degrees in Communication, with a specialization in film. Her first documentary was the 2010 short Under Two Skies. Her first feature documentary, Gulîstan, Land of Roses (2016) was selected by 80 international film festivals, earning 50 nominations and winning 12 awards, including the prestigious Doc Alliance Award given at the Locarno Film Festival. This new film features interviews with some of the most important members of the Islamic State (ISIS), who are currently being detained in Syrian Kurdistan, an area of the world trying to stay vigilant as it struggles to recover from years of war.

Rojek screens:
Saturday, April 30, 3 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre
Thursday, May 5, 4:15 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Returning Home, movie, poster,Secwépemc director Sean Stiller’s Returning Home is still on the festival circuit and will make a stop at Hot Docs. It profiles Orange Shirt Day founder Phyllis Jack-Webstad and her family’s struggle to heal from the multigenerational impact of attending the notorious St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School in Secwépemc territory. In an interweaving storyline, amid a global pandemic and the lowest salmon run in Canadian history, the film also explores how a multi-year federal fishing moratorium tears at the very fabric of Secwépemc communities and centuries-old traditions. This is Stiller’s first feature and its award history is impressive. It was named Best Canadian Documentary at last year’s Calgary International Film Festival, the Edmonton International Film Festival and the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Returning Home screens:
Monday, May 2 at 8:30pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre
Friday, May 6 at 1:30am at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

Returning Home screens with the 11 minute short, The Road Back to Cowessess.

Speaking of shorts, if you’re a stranger to documentary films, have always been curious about this particular kind of filmmaking but no ready to commit to a couple of hours of something you’re not sure of, I suggest you start your journey into reality film with a program or shorts. The great thing about short films is, they are short. Not particularly fond of the first one, the second one will be along in a few minutes. Hot Docs has two shorts programs within in the Canadian Spectrum. The first series is titled “Artistic Journeys” and features four films ranging from 19 minutes to 29 minutes. One of them, Bill Reid Remembers is a National Film Board (NFB) production, directed by renowned Indigenous filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin.

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Bill Reid, Skaana—Killer Whale, Chief of the Undersea World. Bronze, completed 1984. 5.5 m high. Vancouver Public Aquarium, Stanley Park, Vancouver. Photographed by James Roberts, 2021

The NFB synopsis states: ”Bill Reid Remembers is a beautiful tribute from Alanis Obomsawin to her friend’s remarkable life and rich legacy. Despite spending his early life away from his nation’s culture, renowned Haida artist Bill Reid always kept Haida Gwaii close to his heart. While working for CBC Radio, he started learning how to make jewelry, then later sculpture, using Haida techniques and images, a move that would forever change his life and the Canadian artistic landscape. Reid’s powerful narration in the film—interspersed with Obomsawin’s own—recounts his complex childhood, his emergence as an accomplished artist, and his profound connection to his homeland. Decades after his passing, Bill Reid remains an enduring force and one of Canada’s greatest artists.

The other films in the series are Dad Can Dance by Jamie Ross; the Netherlands-Canada copro The Museum Visits a Therapist from directors Mirjam Linschooten and Sameer Farooq; and Violet Gave Willingly by Claire Sanford.

Artistic Journeys shorts screens:
Saturday, April 30, 11:30am at the Isabel Bader Theatre.

More Hot Docs Canadian Spectrum features and shorts tomorrow. There is more information online about these films and others and about streaming these films from anywhere in Canada.

Also see: CDN Spectrum – Take 1
Also see: Canadian films screening in the Hot Docs Special Presentations.

Northernstars logo imageRalph Lucas is the founder and publisher of Northernstars.ca. He began writing about film and reviewing movies while in radio in Montreal in the mid-1970s.

National Canadian Film Day – 2022

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National Canadian Film Day – 2022
by Staff Editors

(April 20, 2022 – Toronto, ON) It’s National Canadian Film Day when cinemas and various broadcast outlets program nothing but Canadian content. There is far too much to list as individual events, but here’s a broad look at what’s available.

Night Raiders, movie, poster,On Bell Media’s Crave, all of their channels, with the exception of HBO, will carry an all-Canadian schedule all day long. A quick look shows films like the award-winning Night Raiders, the documentaries Oscar Peterson: Black & White, Once Were Brothers, features like Atom Egoyan’s Guest of Honour, Tammy’s Always Dying, Monkey Beach and many, many more.

The multi-award-winning Beans and Blood Quantum are streaming on Prime Video and Indian Horse is on Hollywood Suite.

Three Super Channel outlets, Fuse, Heart & Home and Vault have scheduled back-to-back Canadian films all day long. For example, on Super Channel Fuse look for films like the multi-award-winning Jasmine Road from writer/director Warren Sulatycky, or From the Vine directed by Sean Cisterna and starring Paula Brancati, Joe Pantoliano and Wendy Crewson. Then there’s Don’t Say Its Name, from Cree writer/director Reuben Martell for horror fans looking for something special.

One of many films on CBC’s GEM is the excellent Brotherhood.

In theatres, look for showings of Scarborough, All My Puny Sorrows, Learn to Swim, Wildhood and others.

In short, it’s a great day for Canadian film. Although, as we like to say around here, we’ve been celebrating Canadian film and television 365 days a year…since 1998. Here’s to a great National Canadian Film Day.

CDN Spectrum at Hot Docs – Take 1

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CDN Spectrum at Hot Docs – Take 1
by Ralph Lucas – Publisher

(April 19, 2021 – Toronto, ON) There is a difference between documentary and non-documentary filmmaking. In non-documentaries the director has a vision of what the film will look like, while usually religiously following a meticulously planned and drawn storyboard and, these days, relying heavily on the visual effects wizards to help realize their vision. In documentaries what you end up seeing is almost always the highly personal point of view of a director who is working under the unique pressure of having to deliver a story that is real and very, very important to them. That singular POV is ably demonstrated in the three films we’ll look at today, all screening in the Canadian Spectrum program at the 2022 Hot Docs film festival.

CDN Spectrum at Hot Docs, BatataIn alphabetical order, first up is Batata. While war rages in Ukraine and the television is filled with World War II-like images of destruction, it is easy to forget in other parts of the world, other wars, other theatres of conflict continue and have been going on for years. Batata covers 10 years in the life of a Syrian woman named Maria and her family of potato farmers who find themselves stuck in Lebanon as stateless refugees. In the words of director Noura Kevorkian, who reminds us this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, “…one can’t help but fall for Maria. She’s a vibrant, tough and surprisingly unmarried Syrian woman-farmer. Maria puts love and care into everything she does…. I kept following Maria, naively waiting for the Syrian Civil War to come to a definitive close, so I could end my film with a happy new beginning for Maria returning home to Raqqa. Even after 12 years and hundreds of hours of footage, I wasn’t ready to accept that what had happened to Maria and her country wouldn’t end soon. In fact, if it weren’t for COVID, I’d still be there today, in the camp with Maria and her relatives recording their lives.” No short synopsis would do justice to this 126 minute Canada-Lebanon-Qatar coproduction.

Batata screens:
Saturday, April 30, 10am, Varsity Cinemaa
Friday, May 6, 6:45pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

CDN Spectrum at Hot Docs, Geography of Solitude, poster, Geographies of Solitude makes me jealous. Some years back I had hoped to travel to Sable Island, which sits in the North Atlantic Ocean some 175 km southeast of the closest point of mainland Nova Scotia. I wanted to photograph the Sable Island horses. Time, money, other commitments made it impossible for me. However, award-winning filmmaker Jacquelyn Mills from Cape Breton Island and now based in Montréal made it and the result is a 103-minute documentary that is getting a lot of attention. Shooting on 16mm film, not digital, Geographies of Solitude was supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund and Cannes: Docs in Progress program and had its world premiere at the Berlinale Forum where it won three awards. The doc centres on naturalist and environmentalist Zoe Lucas (no relation) who has worked and lived on Sable Island for more than 40 years. As a blurb on the film’s website states “…this feature-length experimental documentary is a playful and reverent collaboration with the natural world. Zoe leads us among wild horses, seals and bugs, through peaks, valleys, roots, sands, weathers, seasons and stars. The intangible is evoked with hidden sounds and vanishing light. Much like a field book, the film tracks its protagonist’s labour to collect, clean and document marine litter that persistently washes up on the island shores.”

Geographies of Solitude screens:
Saturday, April 30 at 7:15pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox
Wednesday, May 4 at 2:15pm at the Varsity Cinemas

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Scrap is about exactly what the title describes. It is about the stuff we use and/or abuse, and throw away. The image that caught my attention was the one above. Not even the beautiful shapes of magical flying machines escape the scrap pile. The website for the film states, in part, “Things, like people, show a certain beauty in their old age. Like us, they carry the weight of their history and the markings and scars accumulated through their lifespan. With the loss of these objects, we are also losing parts of our history and the cultural memory which they embody.” Scrap isn’t just about things. It tells its story through the lives and experience of 6 people. Just one example is Dean Lewis, who grew up in a junkyard and decided to turn the car scrap business into a car museum and living art piece, where people can experience nature and photograph the old cars. Dean’s collection includes over 4400 historic cars spread out over 35 acres of land. Produced, written and directed by Stacey Tenenbaum, part of her take on the film states “I am fascinated by things that carry their history and am nostalgic for a time when life was slower, and things were built to last.” Aren’t we all.

Scrap screens:
Sunday, May 1, 2:00pm, at the Isabel Bader Theatre
Wednesday, May 4, 11:00am at the Varsity Cinemas.

There is more information about tickets and festival passes online.
Also see: Canadian films screening in the Hot Docs Special Presentations.

Northernstars logo imageRalph Lucas is the founder and publisher of Northernstars.ca. He began writing about film and reviewing movies while in radio in Montreal in the mid-1970s.

The Forest Rangers

The Forest Rangers, image,

30 minutes – Children’s show
Language: English
Date of first broadcast: 1963
Originating network: CBC (Canada), ITC (United Kingdom)
Production companies: A.S.P. Productions Ltd., Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Incorporated Television Company

The Forest Rangers was an adventure series for children about a gang of resourceful Canadian young people who lived in Northern Ontario. The cast was mainly masde up of young people, and a few key adult actors. A CBC Television and ITC Entertainment co-production the series ran from 1963 to 1965 and totalled 104 episodes. It was the first television show produced in Canada to be produced colour. Executive producer Maxine Samuels created the show, which was first broadcast as part of the CBC children’s series Razzle Dazzle, hosted by Alan Hamel and Michelle Finney. This was the first appearance in a major series by Gordon Pinsent, who left the series in 1965 to star in the series Quentin Durgens, M.P. The Forest Rangers was picked up for syndication in the United States from 1965-1966.

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Crew:

Producer:

Ted Holliday
William Davidson

Executive Producer:

Maxine Samuels

Associate Producer:

Laurel Crosby

Director:

George McCowan
George Gorman
Paul Almond
Don Haldane
Eric Till
Ronald Weyman
Leslie Arliss
Melwyn Breen
William Davidson

Screenwriter:

William Davidson
Lindsay Galloway
Brian Hadley James
Donald Jack
Michael Leighton
Paul Power
George Salverson

Cinematographer:

John Gunn

Editor:

George Appleby
Ronald Piggott
Maurice Rootes
Eric Wrate

Composer:

John Bath

Art Director:

Tom Spaulding
David McFadyen
Martin Carrington

Cast: Roles:

Graydon Gould<br/>Rex Hagon<br/> Michael Zenon<br/> Gordon Pinsent<br/> Rolland Bédard <br/>Ralph Endersby<br/> Peter Tully<br/> Susan Conway <br/>Syme Jago <br/>Joe Austin<br/> Eric Clavering<br/> Tom Harvey <br/>Eric Cryderman <br/>Ronald Cohoon <br/>George Allan <br/>Matthew Ferguson <br/>Barbara Hamilton <br/>Gerard Parkes <br/>Ray Bellew <br/>Trudy Young

Chief Ranger George Keeley
Junior Ranger Peter Keeley
Joe Two Rivers
Sergeant Brian Scott
Uncle Raoul
Junior Ranger Chub Stanley
Junior Ranger Mike Forbes
Junior Ranger Kathy
Junior Ranger Gaby La Roche
Prospector MacLeod
Matt Craig
Deputy Ranger Brody
Junior Ranger Zeke
Junior Ranger Ted
Junior Ranger
Danny Bailey
Mrs. Aggie Apple
Charlie Appleby/Michael Flynn
Rocky Webb
Wilhelmina

CDN Films at Hot Docs 2022

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CDN Films at Hot Docs 2022
by Ralph Lucas – Publisher

(April 18, 2022 – Toronto, ON) When the 2022 edition of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (Hot Docs) launches on April 28, it will take yet another step closer to the 30th anniversary of its founding in 1993 by the Documentary Organization of Canada. The first festival ran from February 24 to 27, 1994. From that small but important start it has steadily grown year after year through careful and talented guidance and the generosity of many to become recognized as the largest documentary festival in North America.

As we have for longer than I can remember, Northernstars will over the next few days concentrate on the Canadian films at Hot Docs. No promises, but we are considering for the first time, looking at some of the international films, but that will, or may come later.

Hot Docs has many different programs including the Canadian Spectrum, which obviously features just Canadian films. We’ll look at some of the 12 films in that program starting tomorrow. Today we look at some of the Canadian films and Canadian coproductions screening in the Special Presentations section of the festival.

Baichwal to open Hot Docs, image, Into the Weeds,
Dewayne “Lee” Johnson reflecting in his car, Vallejo, California. Photo courtesy of Disappearing Insects Productions Inc. © 2022

The opening film, as we previously reported, is Jennifer Baichwal’s World Premiere screening of Into the Weeds. Not to be confused with the CBC web-series of the same name, this 96-minute doc centres on the unfortunate Dewayne Johnson. A groundskeeper in the San Francisco Bay area of California, in 2014 he began to suffer from skin rashes. He began to wonder if they were caused by a herbicide he’d been using for the past couple years. Diagnosed with cancer and as his health deteriorated, Johnson became the face of a David-and-Goliath legal battle to hold a multi-national agrochemical corporation accountable for the product he had been using, a product with allegedly misleading labelling. Baichwal is an award-winning documentarian and her films are masterpieces of the art of visual storytelling.

Into the Weeds screens:
Thursday, April 28, 6:30pm at the Hot Docs Cinema.
Friday, April 29, 5:30 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox
Saturday, May 7, 1:30 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox

Framing Agnes, movie, poster, Hot Docs 2022, Framing Agnes is a Canada-U.S. co-production that takes history and retells a story that should have been told decades ago. This story begins in the 1950s, far before the word transgender had yet to be used. That’s when Agnes Torres approached the UCLA Medical Center in search of sex reassignment surgery. Born male, Torres felt she was meant to be in a woman’s body from a very early age. Part of her transitional process included time speaking with sociologist Harold Garfinkel, who recorded their conversations. These became the first known American case study of a transgender individual’s experience. Years later a group of filmmakers uncovered dozens of other transcripts from interviews that Garfinkel had with other people who had successfully transitioned; people whose stories, unlike Anges Torres, were never told publicly. To create Framing Agnes, the filmmakers used archival footage and what the Sundance Film Festival called “vividly rendered, impeccably vintage reenactments,” which brought to life “groundbreaking artifacts of trans healthcare.”

Framing Agnes screens:
Sunday, May 1, 8:30pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox
Thursday, May 5, 5:45pm at the Varsity

The Kids in the Hall are enjoying a resurgence of popularity. Prime Video recently announced that the iconic comedy troupe—Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson—will return with a new season on May 13 reaching an audience in 240 countries and territories worldwide, thanks to the streaming service. They also show up, on screen, at Hot Docs in the 95-minute film The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks. Directed by Reg Harkema, the “Kids” themselves, delve into the group’s mid-1980s post-punk origins and their 40-year legacy as a renowned, cult comedy troupe. This proves that not all documentaries need to be heavy, serious fare.

The Kids in the Hall: Comedy Punks screens:
Tuesday, May 3, 6:30pm at Hot Docs Cinema
Friday, May 6, 8:30pm at Hot Docs Cinema
Saturday, May 7, 10:30am at Hot Docs Cinema

The Talented Mr. Roseberg, movie, poster,As previously reported, Director Barry Avrich returns to Hot Docs with the World Premiere of The Talented Mr. Rosenberg. Inspired by the investigative journalism of writer Courtney Shea, who is a co-producer and co-writer on the 70-minute doc, the film explores a world where cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, but true con artists — like Bernie Madoff, Anna Sorokin … and Torontonian Albert Rosenberg — are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it, over and over again? These are the questions that are tackled in this frightening and mesmerizing new film.

The Talented Mr. Rosenberg screens:
Sunday, May 1, 5:15pm at Hot Docs Cinema
Thursday, May 3, 7:00pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Midwives, Hot Docs,

Finally, unless we missed something, the only other film with a Canadian connection in the Special Presentations program is the Canadian Premiere of the Myanmar-Canada-Germany copro Midwives. Directed by Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing in her feature debut, Midwives was filmed over five turbulent years in a country that has long been “exoticized” and misunderstood. It focuses on Hla and Nyo Nyo, who live in a country torn by conflict. Hla is a Buddhist and the owner of a makeshift medical clinic in western Myanmar, where the Rohingya (a Muslim minority community) are persecuted and denied basic rights. Nyo Nyo is a Muslim and an apprentice ze who acts as an assistant and translator at the clinic. Her family has lived in the area for generations, yet they are still considered intruders. Encouraged and challenged by Hla, who risks her own safety daily by helping Muslim patients, Nyo Nyo is determined to become a steady health care provider for her community.

Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing, film director, Speaking about her 92-minute film, Director Snow Hnin Ei Hlaing said, “As an adult, I was living and working as a filmmaker in Yangon in 2012, when the news of Rohingya conflict started to come out. I refused to believe that the hate speech I was hearing in the media at that time was reflective of reality. So I went back to my hometown to better understand myself, my people, where all this anger and hatred was coming from. On that visit I met two extraordinary women, a Buddhist Midwife and her young Muslim apprentice.  I made this film in order to represent myself and my country’s story – a story that I really want to tell using the film language.”

Midwives screens:
Sunday, May 1, 8:15pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre
Thursday, May 5, 11:45am  at the Varsity 8

Tomorrow we’ll look at some of the films in the Canadian Spectrum. The 2022 Hot Docs Festival runs April 28-May 8. There is more information about tickets and festival passes online.

Northernstars logo imageRalph Lucas is the founder and publisher of Northernstars.ca. He began writing about film and reviewing movies while in radio in Montreal in the mid-1970s.

Phyllis Ellis

Phyllis Ellis, director, actor,

B: November 11, 1959

Phyllis Ellis has worked in film and television for more than 20 years, as an actor, director, producer and writer, creating critically acclaimed and award-winning films and television across genres. She recently finished the beautiful and acclaimed feature documentary Painted Country: In Search of the Group of Seven for TVO with White Pine Pictures. In 2013, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television awarded her the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social-Political Documentary for About Her, a feature-length documentary she wrote, directed and produced, chronicling the lives of five women struggling with breast cancer. She was nominated for a 2006 Gemini for Best Direction, Lifestyle Series for Made to Or­der and won a 2007 Gemini nomination for Best Director in a Documentary series for Crystal: Living the Dream. She also co-created and directed the Gemini-winning comedies The Wilkinsons and Three Chords from the Truth. Before all this, Ellis was an athlete and competed in field hockey for Canada at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. Her 2019 documentary Toxic Beauty had its World Premiere at that year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival. We list her credits as a Director first.

Also see: More CDN Films at Hot Docs 2022.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

About Her (documentary, TV-2010)

Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven (2015, documentary)
Girl’s Night Out (TV-2015, documentary)
Toxic Beauty (2019, documentary)

Category: Woman (2021, documentary)

TV Series – at least 1 episode of:
The Wilkinsons (2006, 2007)
Three Chords from the Truth (2009)

Credits as an Actor:
It Was You Charlie (2013)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The Wilkinsons (2006, 2007)
Three Chords from the Truth (2009)

Call me Fitz (2010)
The Listener (2011)
Murdoch Mysteries (2011)
Lost Girl (2013)

Category: Woman, movie, poster,

All My Puny Sorrows – A Review

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Sarah Gadon & Alison Pill in a publicity still for All My Puny Sorrows.

Smart Losers
Michael McGowan’s All My Puny Sorrows Launches

by Maurie Alioff

Based on Miriam Toews’ best-selling novel-cum-memoir, recalling Ingmar Bergman’s Persona in its tightly-framed depiction of two women who both love and are wary of each other, Michael McGowan’s All My Puny Sorrows hits all the right notes with bold assurance. He handles the visuals, sound, and performances with a no-fuss serenity and subtle shifts in tone, often between the unbearably sad and comic sparkle.

The picture, now playing in selected Canadian cities, opens with a question. Why is that neatly dressed middle-aged man (Donal Logue) standing on railroad tracks after tidily placing down his glasses? Because he’s about to calmly allow himself to get crushed by a train.

The story winds up when the movie flashes forward ten years to the suicide’s daughters. Yolanda/Yoli Von Riesen (Alison Pill) is a blocked writer embracing meaninglessness like a relationship with a dork she knows is a dork. In what might be the most heatless sexual film moment ever, the dork pushes himself into her while she grimaces at his neatly folded clothes. Who folds his clothes like that before sex, she wants to know. Who says thank you after sex?

Yoli, typical of the film’s self-aware, mocking characters is in the midst of a divorce, but delays signing the official papers, to the annoyance of her estranged husband and her teen daughter Nora (Amybeth McNulty). Like all the principals, Nora expresses herself, and maybe sidesteps pain, with her sharp wit. She doesn’t like being the intermediary between her parents. Do you think putting me between you and my father qualifies as child abuse?, she asks sardonically.

All My Puny Sorrows is driven by the emotional dynamics between Yoli and her sister Elfreida/Elf (Sarah Gadon). ELF has the lovely features and exquisite comportment of a Hitchcock blonde. Grace Kelly could have played her, but not as delicately as Sarah Gadon. A pianist with an international career, Elf has an attractive, well-grounded husband (Aly Mawji), and a touring schedule that takes her around the world playing to audiences that love her.

I’ve known a couple of people who were determined to kill themselves, one of them an attractive, talented woman, and succeeded. But they had identifiable reasons for wanting to die. Elf, like Yoli, was traumatized by her father’s death, and both felt oppressed by the strict Manitoba Mennonite community they grew up in. But Yoli would never consider killing herself, no matter how messed-up her life gets. Despite her beauty, her talent, and her loving husband, Elf does, and in the course of the film makes a serious attempt.

Professional medical care and medications don’t help. “Congratulations for the upgrade to the psych ward,” says Yoli, in the banter she and Elf use with each other. McGowan’s characters rarely get sentimental. They are always knowingly insightful, frequently ironic and even insulting, a little like George and Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, but without that level of ferocity.

All My Puny Sorrows, movie, poster,As in Virginia Woolf, the subtext is that these people love each other, and their cutting wordplay can lead to catharsis. At the heart of the picture is a standoff between Yoli and Elf. The beautiful pianist wants her sister to accompany her for a legal assisted suicide in Switzerland. She is motivated only by a fear of dying alone. Yoli puts all her energy into convincing Elf to go on living, no matter what. In one extraordinary confessional scene out of Persona, the sisters confront each other with no holds barred. The scene beats escalate to an explosion and then diminish. Elf confesses her utter despair of life. It’s all will she or won’t she at this point.

In his finely honed movie, McGowan questions the power of the intellect. It can come to the rescue. But as one of the characters says, “Equating intelligence to the desire to live – or decency” is a mistake.

Also see: Watch the trailer, learn more about the cast and crew of All My Puny Sorrows.

Northernstars logo image Maurie Alioff is a film journalist, critic, screenwriter and media columnist. He has written for radio and television and taught screenwriting at Montreal’s Vanier College. A former editor for Cinema Canada and Take One, as well as other magazines, he is affiliated with the Quebec media industry publication, CTVM.Info. His articles have appeared in various publications, including Canadian Cinematographer, POV Magazine, and The New York Times. He is the Québec Correspondent for northernstars.ca

Crimes at Cannes

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Courtesy of Serendipity Point Films

Crimes at Cannes
by Staff Editors

(Agust 14, 2022 – Toronto, ON) Serendipity Point Films and Sphere Films (formerly MK2 | MILE END) today confirmed David Cronenberg’s highly anticipated Crimes of the Future will have its world premiere in the Official Competition at the Festival de Cannes in May. The film, which stars Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, Green Book), Léa Seydoux (No Time to Die, The French Dispatch, Blue is the Warmest Colour), Kristen Stewart (Spencer, Seberg, Clouds of Sils Maria, Twilight), and Scott Speedman (Citizen Gangster, Barney’s Version, Adoration) will open in theatres across Canada and the U.S. in June.

Viggo Mortensen, actor,
Viggo Mortensen at the 2012 Genie Awards. Photo by Ralph Lucas for Northernstars.ca
Written and directed by David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, Crash) and produced by Robert Lantos (Eastern Promises, Barney’s Version, Sunshine), this is the sixth time that a Cronenberg film has been selected to compete in Cannes. His films have previously won a Special Jury Award (Crash) and Best Actress Award (Maps to the Stars). ​This is also the 10th time that a film produced by Robert Lantos is in the Official Cannes Selection. Previously, his films have won the Jury Grand Prize and the International Critics Prize (The Sweet Hereafter) and a Special Jury Prize (Crash). Crimes of the Future also reunites Cronenberg with Mortensen, a three-time Oscar nominee. Shot on location in Athens in the summer of 2021, the film also stars Welket Bungué (Berlin Alexanderplatz), Don McKellar (Blindness, eXistenZ), Tanaya Beatty (Yellowstone, Through Black Spruce), Nadia Litz (Blindness), and Lihi Kornowski (Losing Alice).

As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice (Léa Seydoux), Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen), celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Timlin (Kristen Stewart), an investigator from the National Organ Registry, obsessively tracks their movements, which is when a mysterious group is revealed… Their mission – to use Saul’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.

“It’s a thrill to return to Cannes for the premiere of Crimes of the Future, a film that grapples with universal questions, concerns, and fears about our bodies, evolution, and what some would deem the threat that technology poses to our humanity,” said David Cronenberg. “I believe this is a film of our times and I look forward to its unveiling in one of the most prestigious theatres in the world.”

“Crash was the last time David and I were in competition together in Cannes. That film electrified the Croisette, causing shockwaves around the world, and 25 years later, has become a cult classic,” said Robert Lantos. “I look forward to an encore.”

Crimes of the Future, movie, poster, “We are thrilled for David and we share in the excitement of today’s announcement,” said Charles Tremblay, President of Sphere Films (formerly MK2 | MILE END). “Crimes of the Future is a spectacular film and we’re excited to bring it to Canadian audiences this June.”

Crimes of the Future is the fourth collaboration between Lantos and Cronenberg. Steve Solomos (Possessor) is Producer, and Panos Papahadzis (Knifer, Stratus) is Producer for Athens-based Argonauts Productions. Executive Producers include Charles Tremblay and Ariane Giroux-Dallaire, Joe Iacono, Thorsten Schumacher, Peter Touche, Christelle Conan, Tom Quinn, Jeff Deutchman, Christian Parkes, Aida Tannyan, Victor Loewy, and Victor Hadida. Laura Lanktree is a Co-Producer and Bonnie Do is an associate producer.

Crimes of the Future is a Serendipity Point Films and Argonauts co-production. This Canada-Hellenic Republic Co-Production is produced in association with Telefilm Canada, Ingenious Media, Bell Media, CBC, ERT S.A., Greek Film Centre, Ontario Creates, Coficiné, the Harold Greenberg Fund, with the support of EKOME.

SOURCE: Serendipity Point Films

A Bigger Sphere

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A Bigger Sphere
by Staff Editors

(April 13, 2022 – Montréal, Québec) One of Canada’s foremost creators, producers and distributors, Sphere, has announced its acquisition of MK2 | MILE END, a leading film distributor in Canada. Effective immediately, MK2 | MILE END becomes part of Sphere Films, with MK2 | MILE END President and Founder Charles Tremblay appointed as President of the division.

Sphere Gets Bigger, image, Bruno Dubé,
Photo of Sphere CEO Bruno Dubé supplied.
“We feel fortunate to be welcoming the fantastic MK2 l MILE END team led by Charles Tremblay to our ranks,” said Sphere CEO Bruno Dubé. “We are looking to expand our reach in the distribution of national and international films in Canada. We have found in MK2 l MILE END a solid partner that shares a similar business vision to ours.”

Sphere serves both the local and international markets with premium content across all genres, including documentaries, feature films, drama series, game shows, magazine programmes, variety shows, major television events, 2D animation, and digital projects. Based in Montréal and Toronto, Sphere’s three divisions — Sphere Media, Sphere Animation and Sphere Films — are staffed by 200-plus multi-disciplined personnel, supported by more than 9,000 freelancers. The company recently announced a brand unification initiative aimed at further supporting the creation, production and distribution of content, domestically and internationally. In January of this year, it acquired the original animation company Sardine Productions, now rebranded as Sphere Animation.

A Bigger Sphere, Charles Tremblay, image,
Photo of Charles Tremblay supplied.
“Our partnership with mk2 has been very productive and has allowed us to become a prominent player in Canada in five short years,” said Tremblay. “My team and I had set ourselves the objective of becoming the leading Canadian distributor of independent films. Joining the Sphere family, will allow us to sustain our growth. Our entire team in Montreal and Toronto will remain in place. Additionally, we are very pleased to be pooling our strengths with those of Anick Poirier and Lorne Price, who are seasoned and respected industry professionals.”

“We are very happy to have accompanied Charles Tremblay and his team during these 5 years and salute the remarkable work that has made MK2 l MILE END a major player in Canadian distribution in such a short period of time,” added Nathanaël Karmitz, CEO of mk2. “A new chapter has begun that will allow the company to continue its development and allow Canadian audiences to access quality films in the best conditions. We wish the best and will continue to work closely in the future for the benefit of cinema and filmmakers from around the world.”

Maria Chapdelaine, 2020 movie, poster,Since its founding by Tremblay in 2017, MK2 l MILE END has made its mark distributing the best of Canadian and international cinema to audiences in Canada. Headquartered in Montréal, the company recently announced the expansion of its activities in English Canada, appointing established industry professionals to spearhead that development. Their slate of films includes a host of award-winning titles including Palme d’Or and Best Picture Oscar winner Parasite, directed by Bong Joon-ho, Portrait of a Lady on Fire by Céline Sciamma, Honeyland, the first documentary ever to receive two Oscar nominations, and the Quebec films And the Birds Rained Down by Louise Archambault and Maria Chapdelaine by Sébastien Pilote. The distributor launched its own home cinema platform in 2020. Since the beginning of the year, six MK2 | MILE-END–distributed films were released in theatres, including the twice-Oscar-nominated The Worst Person in the World and The Wolf and the Lion, which has Canadian box-office earnings of $850,000 to date.

Sphere was already active in international film distribution via its brand Sphere Films (formerly WaZabi Films). The existing team of Anick Poirier and Lorne Price will continue to successfully sell feature films to the international market.

SOURCE: Sphere

Festival Look Ahead

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Festival Look Ahead
by Ralph Lucas – Publisher

(April 12, 2022 – Toronto, ON) It is the largest documentary festival in North America and Hot Docs gets underway later this month and runs into early May. We’ll be looking at in detail in the days ahead, but today the focus is on other festivals opening in the next several weeks.

Noemie dit oui, movie, poster, One of the more important festivals is Montréal’s RVQC, which stands for the Rendez-vous Québec Cinema. It kicks off on April 20 with a welcome party and its opening film is titled Noémie dit oui (Noémire says yes). Directed by Geneviève Albert, the synopsis for this 113 minute feature states “Unable to return home to her mother, a teenage girl (Noémie) runs away from the youth shelter where she has been living for the past three years. Yearning to be free, she soon meets Zack and falls in love with him. He tries everything to convince Noémie to become a sex worker. She finally complies, and overnight begins working as an escort.”

This is Albert’s first feature film. It explores the issue of child prostitution and the notion of consent. A social commentary on the fate of lost and vulnerable girls, Noémie dit oui tackles a difficult topic without ever veering into melodrama. Click here to find more about the 2022 RVQC.

The Calgary Underground festival is taking a dual approach to their festival. Theatre viewing will run from April 21 to 28 and the streaming at home portion will run April 29 to May 1. However, on the day before the festival and to celebrate National Film Day on April 20 the CUFF will have a free screening of the 2013 indie hit Rhymes for Young Ghouls. Set on the fictional Red Crow Mi’gMaq reservation in the year 1976, by government decree, every Indian child under the age of 18 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna’s. That means being at the mercy of “Popper” (Krupa), the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school. At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her “truancy tax”, keeping her out of St. D’s. But when Aila’s drug money is stolen and her father returns from prison, the precarious balance of Aila’s world is destroyed. Her only options are to run or fight… and Mi’gMaq don’t run.

May sees the continuation of both the Calgary Underground and Hot Docs festivals. Opening in May are the Latin American Film Festival in Ottawa, the Montreal Underground Film Festival and Canada’s longest running film festival, Yorkton, which returns after a couple of years in mothballs thanks to COVID-19. It’s great that they’re back. The Festival began in 1947 as the Yorkton Film Council and this years marks their 75th anniversary.

Fire of Love, movie, poster, DOXA is the wet coast version of Hot Docs. It bills itself as “Western Canada’s largest documentary film festival.” Its 21st edition will be both in theatres and streaming online from May 5 to 15. The first couple of days are reserved for various meetings and industry events, the film portion of DOXA opens on Saturday, May 7 with Fire of Love, directed by Sara Dosa. The doc follows volcanologist couple Katia and Maurice Krafft as they travel the world, paddling through lakes of acid and venturing into areas of unstable volcanic activity with awe-inspiring results. Incorporating astonishing archival footage shot by the Kraffts themselves, DOXA describes the film as an “epic story of love and obsession, dedication and passion, and that sacred fire burning inside all of us.” Click here to learn more about DOXA

The 2022 Inside Out festival begins in late May. Full name: Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival. Running from May 26 to June 5, the festival will present 25 screenings at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox, more than 35 digital screenings in the Inside Out Screening Room. More details are available online.

Some quick notes. The Water Docs Photo contest closes this Friday, April 15.

As mentioned, April 20 is National Canada Film Day. Reel Canada and Cinéfranco have joined up to to create a special tribute evening celebrating the late Jean-Marc Vallée with a free in-person screening of the restored version of C.R.A.Z.Y. Read more about C.R.A.Z.Y. here.

The 19th annual Human Rights Watch Canada Film Festival will be held May 26 to June 2. The Opening Film is the World Premiere of Klabona Keepers. This 72-minute Canadian documentary spans 15 years of matriarch-led resistance and is a portrait of the dynamic Indigenous community that succeeded in protecting the remote Sacred Headwaters, known as the Klabona, in northwest British Columbia from industrial activities. All films are free, but tickets must be reserved through the Hot Docs website. However, right now they’re busy with the Hot Docs festival. We’ll add this festival to our listings when more information becomes available.

Jennifer Baichwal, director,
Nicholas de Pencher & Jennifer Baichwal at TIFF 2017 with their documentary Long Time Running. Photo © 2017 by R.A.Lucas.

Hot Docs opens with Jennifer Baichwal’s Into the Weeds, which tells the powerful story of Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a former Bay Area groundskeeper who takes on a multinational agrochemical corporation after a terminal cancer diagnosis.  Adding to her award-winning body of work centred on our strained relationship with the natural world, Baichwal follows Johnson through his battle, setting his personal journey against a global environmental crisis. The film is produced by Baichwal and long-time partner Nicholas de Pencier. Launch date is Thursday, April 28, at 6:30 pm, and Northernstars will have far more detailed information about the Canadian films at Hot Docs in the days ahead.

Happy Festival going.

Also see: April Film Festivals
Also see: May Film Festivals

Northernstars logo imageRalph Lucas is the founder and publisher of Northernstars.ca. He began writing about film and reviewing movies while in radio in Montreal in the mid-1970s.

Liam Diaz

Liam Diaz, actor, Scarborough,

Liam Diaz won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Actor at the 10th Canadian Screen Awards in 2022 for his work in his debut role as Bing in the 2021 film Scarborough.

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Scarborough (2021)

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Scarborough Leads at CSAs 2022

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Scarborough Leads at CSAs 2022
by Ralph Lucas – Publisher

(April 11, 2022 – Toronto, ON) Last night’s broadcast of the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards swapped the glitz and glamour of a flashy awards show for an intimate and at times emotional 60-minute look into the state of Canadian film still held in the grip of a seemingly unstoppable pandemic. But each vignette, each award recipient did the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television proud by being, simply, Canadian. No high drama here, just honest and at times quite touching speeches.

Scarborough, movie, poster,Last week we called Scarborough “the little film that could,” and last night it continued to climb the hill and was not derailed in its journey to a few more awards including the coveted Best Motion Picture award. Scarborough’s very young first-time actor Liam Diaz was honoured with an award for Performance by a Lead Actor. Co-directors Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson shared the Achievement in Direction award. The film previously picked up 5 CSAs in the Craft categories taking a total of 8 Canadian Screen Awards, including the prestigious John Dunning Best First Feature Film Award, which comes with a $25,000 cash prize from the John Dunning Foundation.

CTV’s Transplant led television honours, winning eight Canadian Screen Awards including: Best Drama Series; Best Lead Actor, Drama Series for Hamza Haq; and Best Lead Actress, Drama Series for Laurence Leboeuf.

The fifth and final season of CBC’s Kim’s Convenience took home three Canadian Screen Awards: Paul Sun-Hyung Lee for Best Lead Actor, Comedy; Jean Yoon for Best Lead Actress, Comedy; and Andrew Phung for Best Supporting Actor, Comedy, marking his fifth win in this category.

Following is the complete list of winners at the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards.

Best film — Scarborough
Best drama series — Transplant
Best comedy series — Sort Of
Best documentary film — Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy
Audience choice award — Wynonna Earp
Best film director — Shasha Nakhai, Rich Williamson, for Scarborough
Best actor in a leading film role — Liam Diaz, Scarborough
Best actress in a leading film role — Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, for Night Raiders
Best actor, comedy — Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Kim’s Convenience
Best actress, comedy — Jean Yoon, Kim’s Convenience
Best actress, drama series — Laurence Leboeuf, Transplant
Best actor, drama series — Hamza Haq, Transplant

Northernstars congratulates all the nominees and award recipients at the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards.

Also see: The Magic of Scarborough.

Northernstars logo imageRalph Lucas is the founder and publisher of Northernstars.ca. He began writing about film and reviewing movies while in radio in Montreal in the mid-1970s.

Wynonna Earp (2016-2021)

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60 minutes – Supernatural, Western, Horror
Language: English
Originating Network: Syfy
Date of first broadcast: April 1, 2016
Production companies: SEVEN24 Films, IDW Entertainment, Cineflix Studios
Distributors: IDW Entertainment, Dynamic Television, Cineflix Rights

Season 1: 13 episodes
Season 2: 12 episodes
Season 3: 12 episodes
Season 4: 12 episodes

Based on a comic series by Beau Smith and created by writer Emily Andras, Wynonna Earp (Melanie Scrofano) is the great-great-granddaughter of legendary lawman Wyatt Earp. On her 27th birthday, she inherits a special power enabling her to send “revenants” (who are the reincarnated outlaws that Wyatt had killed) back to Hell. She carries her ancestor’s magic gun known as Peacemaker. Other targets include different supernatural beings that inhabit the Ghost River Triangle, a cursed territory near the Canadian Rockies that includes Purgatory, Wynonna Earp’s hometown.



Wynonna Earp was a US-Canada co-production, shot in Alberta. Each episode runs 43 minutes, which we round up to 60 minutes including the time reserved for commercials.


Note: Born in 1848, Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was a real Old West lawman and gambler in the American West, including Dodge City, Deadwood, and Tombstone. Earp took part in the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral.


Note: As with many series, there can be hundreds of actors with appearances in anywhere from 1 episode to 4 or 5. We list the Main Cast, which we define as anyone with 7 or more appearances in this series.

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Crew:

Executive Producer:

Ted Adams (2016-2021)
Brian Dennis (2016-2021)
Emily Andras (2016-2021)
Rick Jacobs (2016-2021)
Todd Berger (2016-2021)
Tom Cox (2016-2021)
Jordy Randall (2016-2021)
David Ozer (2016-2017)
Brett Burlock (2020-2021)
David Colburn (2020-2021)
Peter Emerson (2020-2021)

Co-Executive Producer:

Paolo Barzman (2016-2021)
Brendon Yorke (2016-2021)
Noelle Carbone (2018-2021)

Supervising Producer:

James Hurst

Consulting Producer:

Brendon Yorke

Director:

Paolo Barzman (2016-2021)
Ron Murphy (2016-2020)
Brett Sullivan (2016-2017)
April Mullen (2017-2018)
Peter Stebbings (2016)
Grant Harvey (2018)
Jem Garrard (2021)
Melanie Scrofano (2020)

Screenwriter:

Emily Andras (2016-2021)
Beau Smith (2016-2021)
Caitlin D. Fryers (2016-2021)
Matt Doyle (2018-2021)
Brendon Yorke (2016-2020)
Alexandra Zarowny (2016-2017)
Shelley Scarrow (2016-2021)
Noelle Carbone (2018-2021)
James Hurst (2016)
Ramona Barckert (2016-2017)
John Callaghan (2017)

Story Editor:

Caitlin D. Fryers (2016-2021)
Matt Doyle (2018-2021)
Matt Doyle (2018-2021)
Ian MacIntyre (2020)

Cinematographer:

Gavin Smith
Gerald Packer

Editor:

Michael Doherty
Matthew Anas

Composer:

Robert Carli
Peter Chapman
Paul Intson
Trevor Yuile

Production Designer:

Ingrid Jurek
Trevor Smith

Art Director:

Trevor Smith (2016-2017)
Cathy Cowan (2018-2020)
Tracey Baryski (2016)
James Phillips (2017)
Andrew Moreau (2021)
Bill Ives (2020)
Amber Humphries (Set Decoration, 2016-2021)
Stacey Gooch (Set Decoration, 2017-2018)

Costume Designer:

Jennifer Haffenden

Cast: Roles:

Melanie Scrofano
Tim Rozon
Dominique Provost-Chalkley
Katherine Barrell
Varun Saranga
Greg Lawson
Shamier Anderson
Michael Eklund
Dani Kind
Martina Ortiz Luis
Tamara Duarte
Daniel Onerheim
Chantel Riley
Meghan Heffern
Jean Marchand
Kate Drummond
Savannah Basley

Wynonna Earp
Doc Holliday
Waverly Earp
Nicole Haught
Jeremy Chetri
Sheriff Randy Nedley
Agent Dolls
Bobo Del Rey
Mercedes Gardner
Rachel Valdez
Rosita Bustillos
Paramedic (2017)
Kate (2018-2020)
Beth Gardner (2017)
Bulshar (2018)
Agent Lucado (2016-2017)
Cleo Clanton (2020-2021)

The Magic of Scarborough

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Promotion image for Scarborough courtesy of TIFF.

The Magic of Scarborough
Review by Thom Ernst – Film Correspondent

(April 9, 2022 – Toronto, ON) Whatever miracles need to align to ensure that the good intentions of young filmmakers come through were abundantly present during the making of Scarborough. This first feature, co-directed by producer Sasha Nakai and cinematographer/editor Rich Williamson, risks breaking logistics rules, not the least of which is its unassuming and (to an audience outside of Ontario) nondescript title, Scarborough.

I cast no dispersions on the borough that rests just east of Toronto, but even Scarborough residents must be surprised to see their city get marquee treatment. The consciousness that Scarborough follows is more river than stream, branching into as many tributaries as there are in the Amazon.

Scarborough is a film not easily imagined based on an elevator pitch, at least not to any effect that adequately serves the story’s magnitude, which is, in fact, many stories.

Then to add further strain to logistics, Scarborough dares to have a 2-hour plus running time, which can be fatal for an independent feature without star power.

But there is a lot in Scarborough to unpack. And Nakai and Williamson take the responsibility of bringing Catherine Fernandez’s award-winning novel seriously. The result of their combined efforts, along with a cast that pulls through in ways that almost seem surreal, is one of the most harmoniously synched portraits of childhood in chaos.

There is magic in this film, rising out of simple observations, allowing the camera to linger through moments of play, pausing for glimpses of charity, even while holding fast to the possibility of tragedy. A film that nurtures a balance of trust with betrayal.

Fernandez, a playwright and actor, created three children and the smattering of adults who inhabit their world. It’s a story of conflict, pain, and friendship. It helps, perhaps, that Fernandez is on board as a screenwriter, although compelling screenplays still need the guiding hand of a good director, even if the screenwriter writes from their own material.

The film’s three central characters are all children living in a low-income neighbourhood.

Scarborough, movie, poster, Laura lives in quiet fear and neglect, trading off the uncertainty of life with a substance-using mother or cautiously treading her father’s volatile and racially charged whims. She imagines a life floating above the ground, playing mother to the paper-bird cut-outs she’s stuck to her window, eyeing the leaves still clinging to the branches of trees, singing songs about baby ducks.

Sylvie lives with her mother, her sickly father, and a younger brother with undiagnosed developmental issues and, therefore, untreated.

The third child is Bing, a courteous, soft-spoken child who endures the taunts of bullies and the unfortunate psychotic outbursts of a mentally unstable father.

Scarborough is a film that seems to be made under a preference for intuition over logic, unfettered by what should be done and trusting what can be done; knowing that the simple gaze of a child looking upon a dead leaf still clinging to a branch can resonate both loss and hope, that withholding a character’s dialogue for the first quarter of the film and then giving her voice, could resonate like suddenly hearing a bird sing.

It’s been six months since its initial screening at TIFF, so I don’t think it’s premature to praise it as one of the year’s best films.

Also: Watch the trailer, learn more about the cast and crew of Scarborough.
Also see: Scarborough named Best Motion Picture at the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards
Also see: Cinematic Arts Awards at the CSAs.

Northernstars logo imageThom Ernst is a Toronto based film critic and writer and an active member of the (TFCA) Toronto Film Critics’ Association. His work has appeared in various publications including Playback Magazine, The Toronto Star, and The National Post. He is known to CBC Radio listeners for his lively contributions to Fresh Air, Metro Morning, and CBC Syndication as well as appearing on-air for CTV News Channel and The Agenda with Steve Paikin. He was host, interviewer and producer of televisions’ longest running movie program Saturday Night at the Movies. Currently he can be heard interviewing Canadian filmmakers on the Kingston Canadian Film Festival podcast, Rewind, Fast-Forward.

Cinematic Arts at the CSAs

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Cinematic Arts at the CSAs
by Staff Editors

(April 9, 2022 – Toronto,ON) It’s a bit like “the little film that could.” Titled Scarborough, it has been embraced by all who have had the chance to see it. Last night at the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards (CSAs), Scarborough won 5 awards, as did the Indigenous feature Night Raiders and the big awards night, on Sunday, is yet to come.

Following is the complete list of all the winners in the Cinematic Arts Awards.

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role | Interprétation masculine dans un rôle de soutien
Joshua Odjick – Wildhood

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role | Interprétation féminine dans un rôle de soutien
Cherish Violet Blood – Scarborough

Achievement in Casting | Meilleure distribution
Shasha Nakhai, Rich Williamson – Scarborough

Achievement in Sound Mixing | Meilleur mixage sonore
Lou Solakofski, Graham Rogers, Stephen Marian, Alexis Feodoroff, Tim Chaproniere – Night Raiders

Achievement in Sound Editing | Meilleur montage sonore
Krystin Hunter, Paul Germann, Stefana Fratila – Scarborough

Achievement in Music – Original Song | Meilleure chanson originale
TiKA, Casey Manierka-Quaile – Learn to Swim – “And Then We Don’t”

Achievement in Music – Original Score | Meilleure musique originale
Jonathan Goldsmith – All My Puny Sorrows

Achievement in Art Direction / Production Design | Meilleure direction artistique / conception des décors
Arnaud Brisebois, Jean Babin, Ève Turcotte – The Time Thief | L’arracheuse de temps

Achievement in Costume Design | Meilleurs costumes
Kendra Terpenning – Night Raiders

Achievement in Make-Up | Meilleurs maquillages
Traci Loader – Night Raiders

Achievement in Hair | Meilleures coiffures
Martin Lapointe – Maria Chapdelaine

Achievement in Visual Effects | Meilleurs effets visuels
Martin Tori, John Mariella, Frank Rueter, Darwin Go – Night Raiders

Golden Screen Award for Feature Film | Prix écran d’or pour un long métrage
PAW Patrol: The Movie – Jennifer Dodge

Achievement in Editing | Meilleur montage
Michelle Szemberg, Orlee Buium – All My Puny Sorrows

Achievement in Cinematography | Meilleures images
Sara Mishara – Drunken Birds | Les oiseaux ivres

Best Live Action Short Drama | Meilleur court métrage de fiction
Girls Shouldn’t Walk Alone at Night | Les filles ne marchent pas seules la nuit – Katerine Martineau, Guillaume Collin

Academy Board of Directors’ Tribute
John Galway

Adapted Screenplay | Meilleure adaptation
Catherine Hernandez – Scarborough

Original Screenplay | Meilleur scénario original
Danis Goulet – Night Raiders

John Dunning Best First Feature Film Award | Prix John Dunning pour le meilleur premier long métrage
Shasha Nakhai, Rich Williamson – Scarborough

Northernstars joins with others in congratulating all the nominees and winners at the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards. Screen Week wraps this Sunday at 8:00 PM (9:00 PM AT / 9:30 PM NT) with the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards on CBC and CBC Gem.

Also see: Canadian Screen Awards – Day 1
Also see: Canadian Screen Awards – Day 2
Also see: Canadian Screen Awards – Day 3
Also see: Canadian Screen Awards – Day 4

Drama & Comedy at CSAs 2022

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Drama & Comedy at CSAs 2022
by Staff Editors

(April 8, 2022 – Toronto, ON) Last night Screen Week continued with award ceremonies as the Canadian Academy of Cinema & Television honoured its own recognizing the work of those behind-the-scenes with the Craft Awards in the Drama and Comedy categories. Those awards were followed by Performance awards including Best Lead actress and actor awards. Following is the complete list of awards handed out last night:

Drama & Comedy Craft Awards:

Best Achievement in Hair
Wynonna Earp – Hell Raisin’ Good Time
CTV Sci Fi Channel (Bell Media)
(SEVEN24 Films / Cineflix Studios)
Jo-Dee Thomson

Best Achievement in Make-Up
Sort Of – Sort Of Back Again
CBC Gem (CBC)
(Sienna Films)
Jessica Carter, Steve Newburn

Best Costume Design
Wynonna Earp – Hell Raisin’ Good Time
CTV Sci Fi Channel (Bell Media)
(SEVEN24 Films / Cineflix Studios)
Jennifer Haffenden

Best Visual Effects
Vikings – The Signal
History (Corus Entertainment)
(Take 5 Productions Inc.)
Dominic Remane, Bill Halliday, Leann Harvey, Becca Donohoe, Thomas Morrison, Ovidiu Cinazan, Jim Maxwell, Kieran McKay, Warren Lawtey, Maria Gordon

Best Production Design or Art Direction, Fiction
Wynonna Earp – Hell Raisin’ Good Time
CTV Sci Fi Channel (Bell Media)
(SEVEN24 Films / Cineflix Studios)
Trevor Smith, Amber Humphries

Best Sound, Fiction
Vikings – The Last Act
History (Corus Entertainment)
(Take 5 Productions Inc.)
Jane Tattersall, Martin Lee, Ian Rankin, David McCallum, Claire Dobson, Dale Sheldrake, Steve Medeiros, Yuri Gorbachow, Sandra Fox, Kevin Schultz, Chelsea Body, Daniel Birch

Best Original Music, Fiction
Wynonna Earp – Better Dig Two
CTV Sci Fi Channel (Bell Media)
(SEVEN24 Films / Cineflix Studios)
Robert Carli, Peter Chapman

Best Writing, Variety or Sketch Comedy
TallBoyz – You’re The Dads Now!
CBC (CBC)
(Accent Entertainment)
Guled Abdi, Vance Banzo, Tim Blair, Franco Nguyen, Adam Bovoletis, Luc Mandl

Best Writing, Comedy
Sort Of – Sort Of Gone
CBC Gem (CBC)
(Sienna Films)
Bilal Baig, Fab Filippo

Best Writing, Drama Series
Transplant – Free For What
CTV (Bell Media)
(Sphere Media)
Joseph Kay

Best Writing, TV Movie
I Was Lorena Bobbitt
CTV Drama Channel (Bell Media)
(Cineflix Productions)
Barbara Nance

Best Picture Editing, Comedy
Letterkenny – Sleepover
Crave (Bell Media)
(Get’er Done Productions 5 Inc.)
Kyle Martin

Best Picture Editing, Drama
Transplant – Contact
CTV (Bell Media)
(Sphere Media)
Annie Ilkow

Best Photography, Comedy
Letterkenny
Crave (Bell Media)
(Get’er Done Productions 5 Inc.)
Jim Westenbrink

Best Photography, Drama
Transplant – Guardrail
CTV (Bell Media)
(Sphere Media)
Pierre Gill

Best Direction, Variety or Sketch Comedy
TallBoyz – You’re The Dads Now!
CBC (CBC)
(Accent Entertainment)
Bruce McCulloch

Best Direction, TV Movie
I Was Lorena Bobbitt
CTV Drama Channel (Bell Media)
(Cineflix Productions)
Danishka Esterhazy

Best Direction, Comedy
Workin’ Moms – FACK
CBC (CBC)
(Wolf + Rabbit Entertainment)
Aleysa Young

Best Direction, Drama Series
Vikings – All at Sea
History (Corus Entertainment)
(Take 5 Productions Inc.)
Helen Shaver

Scripted Programs & Performance Awards:

Best Guest Performance, Drama Series
Coroner – Spirits
CBC (CBC)
(Muse Entertainment / Back Alley Films / Cineflix Studios)
Tamara Podemski

Best Supporting Actress, Drama
Transplant
CTV (Bell Media)
(Sphere Media)
Ayisha Issa

Best Supporting Actor, Drama
Wynonna Earp
CTV Sci Fi Channel (Bell Media)
(SEVEN24 Films / Cineflix Studios)
Tim Rozon

Best Lead Actress, TV Movie
Death She Wrote
CTV Drama Channel (Bell Media)
(Champlain Media Inc.)
Samora Smallwood

Best Lead Actor, TV Movie
I Was Lorena Bobbitt
CTV Drama Channel (Bell Media)
(Cineflix Productions)
Luke Humphrey

Best TV Movie
I Was Lorena Bobbitt
CTV Drama Channel (Bell Media)
(Cineflix Productions)
Jeff Vanderwal, Kim Bondi, Lorena Gallo, Sherri Rufh, Andy Streitfeld, Charles Tremayne

Best Achievement in Casting, Fiction
Transplant
CTV (Bell Media)
(Sphere Media)
Andrea Kenyon, Randi Wells, Jason Knight, John Buchan

Best Stunt Coordination | ​Meilleure coordination des cascades
Pretty Hard Cases – Jellybeans
CBC (CBC)
(Cameron Pictures Inc.)
John Stead

Best Guest Performance, Comedy
Jann – No Drama
CTV (Bell Media)
(Project 10 Productions Inc. / SEVEN24)
Michael Bublé

Best Supporting Actor, Comedy
Kim’s Convenience
CBC (CBC)
(Thunderbird Entertainment)
Andrew Phung

Best Supporting Actress, Comedy
Letterkenny
Crave (Bell Media)
(Get’er Done Productions 5 Inc.)
Kaniehtiio Horn

Best Performance, Sketch Comedy (Individual or Ensemble)
TallBoyz
CBC (CBC)
(Accent Entertainment)
Guled Abdi, Vance Banzo, Tim Blair, Franco Nguyen

Best Sketch Comedy Program or Series
TallBoyz
CBC (CBC)
(Accent Entertainment)
Bruce M

Northernstars joins with others in congratulating all the nominees and winners at the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards. Tonight it’s the Cinematic Arts Awards, presented by Telefilm Canada, supported by Cineplex and hosted by Laurence Leboeuf. Screen Week wraps on Sunday at 8:00 PM (9:00 PM AT / 9:30 PM NT) with the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards on CBC and CBC Gem.

Also see: Canadian Screen Awards – Day 1
Also see: Canadian Screen Awards – Day 2
Also see: Canadian Screen Awards – Day 3

Burnell Tucker

Burnell Tucker, actor,

B: 1934 in Newfoundland

Now and again we’re confronted by a minor issue of nationality. Burnell Tucker is one such case. You would think being born in Newfoundland would qualify him as Canadian, but he was born in the mid-1930s, some 15 years before the British colony became a Canadian province and even then by a slim vote. In the first referendum only 41.1% of the vote was for confederation with Canada. That increased to only 52.3% in the second and final referendum in July 1948. Newfoundland officially joined Canada at midnight, March 31, 1949. Tucker’s career began in England and he appeared, usually in small, often uncredited roles, in some of the most popular movies ever made, including Dr. Strangelove, a couple of Star Wars features, 2001: A Space Odyssey, the first two Superman movies and more. Many of his early credits were in the era of live drama on television. We have listed those productions as made-for-TV movies, and the title of the main series follows the year of broadcast.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

The Stone Faces (TV-1957, BBC Sunday-Night Theatre)

The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (1958, BBC Sunday-Night Theatre)
The Man Upstairs (TV-1958, Saturday Playhouse)
The Myth Makers (TV-1958, ITV Play of the Week)

The Key (TV-1962, Drama 62)
Flight Into Danger (TV-1962, Studio 4)
Dial M for Murder (TV-1962, BBC Sunday-Night Theatre)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Devils of Darkness (1965)
Dateline Diamonds (1965)
The Bedford Incident (1965)
Finders Keepers (1966)
A Countless from Hong Kong (1967)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Some May Live (1967)
After Many a Summer (TV-1967)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (1972)
Ooh… You Are Awful (1972)
Rollerball (1975)
The Omen (1976)
Star Wars (1977)
Valentino (1977)
Superman (1978)

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Shining (1980)
Flash Gordon (1980)
Superman II (1980)
Priest of Love (1981)
Ragtime (1981)
Reds (1981)
Scream for Help (1984)
Lifeforce (19850
Honour Bound (1988)

The Affair (TV-1995)
On Dangerous Ground (TV-1996)
Operation Delta Force 4: Deep Fault (1999)

U.S. Seals (VR-2000)
U-571 (2000)
The Last Minute (2001)
U.S. Seals II (VR-2000)
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006)
W.M.D. (2009)

TV Series – Cast:
Epitaph for a Spy (1963, mini-series)
Crossroads (1967, mini-series)
The Martian Chronicles (1980, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Huntingtower (1957)
The Silver Sword (1957)
Run to Earth (1958)
Little Women (1958)

Suspense (1962)
The Saint (1963, 1965)
Court Martial (1966)
The Spies (1966)
The Champions (1968)
The Jazz Age (1968)
The Ugliest Girl in Town (1969)

Codename (1970)
The Flaxton Boys (1973)
Crown Court (1974)
Second Verdict (1976)
Life at Stake (1978)

Tales of the Unexpected (1983)
Theatre Night (1985)
Lovejoy (1986)

The Paradise Club (1990)
99-1 (1994)
Space Precinct (1995)
Strange But True? (1995)

I Shouldn’t Be Alive (2006)

Doctor Who (2012)

Canadian Screen Awards – Take 3

Canadian Screen Awards - Take 3, image,

Canadian Screen Awards – Take 3
by Staff Editors

(April 7, 2022 – Toronto, ON) The countdown to the big broadcast of the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards this Sunday continues as Screen Week last night celebrated achievements in Children’s programming and Animation. Corner Gas, once a fan favourite when it was first released in 2004 and still a solid piece of entertainment in reruns is also a hit in its recent reincarnation. Corner Gas Animated was named Best Animated Series. Following is the complete list of winners as supplied by the Canadian Academy of Cinema & Television:

Best Performance, Animation
The Bravest Knight
CBC (CBC)
(Big Bad Boo Studios)
RuPaul

Best Writing, Animation
Happy House of Frightenstein – Hide and Go Eek
Family Jr. (WildBrain)
(Headspinner Productions Inc.)
Ken Cuperus, Sandy Jobin-Bevans

Best Sound, Animation
PAW Patrol – Moto Pups: Pups vs the Ruff-Ruff Pack
TVOKids (TVO)
(Spin Master Entertainment)
Richard Spence-Thomas, Timothy Muirhead, Mitch Connors, Luke Dante, Kyle Peters, Ryan Ongaro, Patton Rodrigues

Best Original Music, Animation
Let’s Go Luna! – The Way of the Gaucho
TVOKids (TVO)
(Brown Bag Films, 9 Story Media Group)
Ari Posner, Amin Bhatia, Kris Kuzdak

Best Direction, Animation
Corner Gas Animated – Haunt for Dread October
CTV Comedy (Bell Media)
(Vérité Films, Sparrow Media)
Stephen Evans

Best Animated Short | Meilleur court métrage d’animation
Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice
Zacharias Kunuk, Neil Christopher, Nadia Mike, Jonathan Frantz

Best Animated Program or Series
Corner Gas Animated
CTV Comedy (Bell Media)
(Vérité Films, Sparrow Media)
Brent Butt, Virginia Thompson, Andrew Carr, Jensenne Roculan, Joel Gregorio, Jonas Diamond, Robert de Lint, Cassie Pyatt, Marilyn McAuley

Best Performance, Children’s or Youth
Lockdown
Family Channel (WildBrain)
(Sinking Ship Entertainment)
Saara Chaudry

Best Writing, Children’s or Youth
Odd Squad Mobile Unit – Mission O Possible / Nature of the Sandbeast
TVOKids (TVO)
(Sinking Ship Entertainment)
Mark De Angelis, Eric Toth

Best Direction, Children’s or Youth
The Hardy Boys – What Happened In Bridgeport
YTV (Corus Entertainment)
(Lambur Productions)
Melanie Orr

Shaw Rocket Fund Kids’ Choice Award
Miss Persona
Treehouse TV (Corus Entertainment)
(Nelvana Ltd)

Best Pre-School Program or Series
PAW Patrol
TVOKids (TVO)
(Spin Master Entertainment)
Jennifer Dodge, Ronnen Harary, Keith Chapman, Ursula Ziegler-Sullivan, Laura Clunie, Toni Stevens, Jonah Stroh, Dan Mokriy, Shayna Fine, Pascale LeBlanc, Jason McKenzie, David Sharples, Damian Temporale

Best Children’s or Youth Non-Fiction Program or Series
All-Round Champion
TVOKids (TVO)
(marblemedia)
Matthew Hornburg, Mark J.W. Bishop, Donna Luke, Steve Sloan, Michael A. Dunn, Andra Johnson Duke, Jim Bell, Marney Malabar

Best Children’s or Youth Fiction Program or Series
The Hardy Boys
YTV (Corus Entertainment)
(Lambur Productions)
Joan Lambur, Jason Stone, Peter Mohan, Athena Georgaklis, Pam Westman, Doug Murphy, Paula J. Smith

Academy Board of Directors’ Tribute
Vince Commisso

Also see: Canadian Screen Awards 2022 – Day 1
Also see: Canadian Screen Awards 2022 – Day 2

Canadian Screen Awards – Day 2

Canadian Screen Awards 2019 - Night One


Canadian Screen Awards – Day 2
by Staff Editors

(April 6, 2022) The second round of coveted Canadian Screen Awards (CSAs) were announced last night recognizing the best in Sports and in Digital and Immersive programming.

Following is the complete list of award-winners from last night:

SPORTS PROGRAMMING AWARDS

Best Sports Opening
EURO 2020
TSN (Bell Media)
(TSN)
Simon Garan, Devon Burns, Jacob Frenkel, Kevin Fallis, Adam Fair

Best Sports Feature Segment
Ahmed & Muhammed
TSN (Bell Media)
(TSN)
Matt Dunn, Sara Orlesky, Kevin Fallis, Sara Bonnetta, Stephan Recksiedler

Best Sports Play-by-Play Announcer
Blue Jays on Sportsnet
Sportsnet (Rogers Sports & Media)
(Sportsnet)
Dan Shulman

Best Sports Analyst
Blue Jays Central
Sportsnet (Rogers Sports & Media)
(Sportsnet)
Joe Siddall

Best Direction, Live Sports Event
2021 Stanley Cup Final Game 4
Sportsnet (Rogers Sports & Media)
(Sportsnet)
John Szpala

Best Live Sports Event
2021 Stanley Cup Final Game 4
Sportsnet (Rogers Sports & Media)
(Sportsnet)
Ed Hall, Sherali Najak, Brian Spear

Best Sports Host
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on CBC
CBC (CBC)
(CBC Sports)
Andi Petrillo

Best Sports Program or Series
Nike’s Big Bet
CBC (CBC)
(Big Bet Productions in association with Paul Kemp Productions)
Paul Kemp, Corey Russell

THE DIGITAL & IMMERSIVE AWARDS

Best Supporting Performance, Web Program or Series
The Communist’s Daughter
(LoCo Motion Pictures)
George Stroumboulopoulos

Best Lead Performance, Web Program or Series
21 Black Futures
(Obsidian Theatre)
Lovell Adams-Gray

Best Host, Web Program or Series
ET Canada Live
(Entertainment Tonight Canada)
Cheryl Hickey, Roz Weston, Sangita Patel, Carlos Bustamante, Keshia Chante, Morgan Hoffman

Best Live Production, Social Media
The 24th Annual Toronto Film Critics Association Awards
(C’mon Mort Productions)
Ashleigh Rains, Bern Euler, R.T. Thorne

Best Immersive Experience – Non-Fiction
Space Explorers: The ISS Experience – Episode Two: ADVANCE
(Felix & Paul Studios in association with TIME Studios)
Félix Lajeunesse, Paul Raphaël

Best Immersive Experience – Fiction
The Passengers
(Couzin Films & Les Produits Frais with Dpt Post-Moderne Mocaplab Novelab Rümker)

Best Production, Interactive
CBC Kids News Minecraft Back-to-School Special
(CBC Kids)
Lisa Fender, Jamie McMahon, Allison Cake, Amrita Singh, Philip Street, Nina Corfu, Sabrina Fabian, Kat Go, Angelica Cooper, Taylor Katzel, India McAlister, Mia Rodak, Marie McCann

Best Video Game Narrative
The Vale: Shadow of the Crown
(Falling Squirrel Inc.)
David Evans

Best Writing, Web Program or Series
21 Black Futures – The Death News
(Obsidian Theatre)
Amanda Parris

Best Direction, Web Program or Series
21 Black Futures – The Death News
(Obsidian Theatre)
Charles Officer

Best Web Program or Series, Non-Fiction
Farm Crime
(Big Cedar Films)
Geoff Morrison, Christina Carvalho

Best Web Program or Series, Fiction
21 Black Futures
(Obsidian Theatre)
Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, Lucius Dechausay, Fatuma Adar, Michael Sinclair, Myekah Payne, Grazyna Krupa

Northernstars joins with others in congratulating the winners of the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards for Sports Programming and the Digital and Immersive awards.

Screen Week 2022 continues tonight. Here’s the schedule for the rest of the week:

Wednesday, April 6:
Children’s & Animation Awards
Lifestyle & Reality Awards

Thursday, April 7:
Drama & Comedy Crafts Awards
Scripted Programs & Performance Awards

Friday, April 8:
Cinematic Arts Awards

Sunday, April 10:
2022 Canadian Screen Awards on CBC and CBC Gem

Also see: Canadian Screen Awards – Day 1

Canadian Screen Awards – Night 1

Canadian Screen Awards Go Virtual, image,
Photo of the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards © 2019 by Ralph Lucas for Northernstars.ca

Canadian Screen Awards – Night 1
by Staff Editors

(April 5, 2022 – Toronto, ON) Last night the first of the 2022 Canadian Screen Awards were handed out by the Canadian Academy of Cinema & Television. Devoted to Broadcast News and Documentary & Factual productions, the category is narrow enough that upsets are possible and while the general audience may not be as interested in this round as they are when the stars come out for the big film awards, the awards do recognize excellence in an important area of our film and television industry.

When the topic is news and awards, it is assumed the biggies, Global, CBC and CTV are the only players. Last night, APTN, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network walked away with a tidy little bundle of trophies, including Best News or Information Segment, Best News or Information Series, and this may surprise many, Best National Reporter. CTV did just fine with awards in Best Host or Interviewer, News or Information, Best Local Newscast for its Toronto program, and Lisa LaFlamme was named Best News Anchor, National. CBC’s The Fifth Estate episode 13 Deadly Hours won for Best News or Information Program. The network also won for Best Live News Special, Best Photography, News or Information, Best Local Reporter for their Vancouver outlet and Best National Newscast.

Oscar Peterson, image,
Promotional still from Oscar Peterson: Black + White courtesy of Melbar Entertainment.

There is a long list of winners in the technical categories, things like the Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research, or Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary. Other categories include Best Direction, Documentary Program, which went to Barry Avrich for his latest film Oscar Peterson Black & White. The doc also won an Award for Bell Media’s Crave network for Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series. The Rob Stewart Award for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series went to TVO for its program, Borealis. The Best Documentary Program award went to the chilling episode on Bruce McArthur for the Super Channel series, Catching a Serial Killer. The award for Best Direction, Documentary Series went to CBC’s Being Black in Halifax.

Screen Week 2022 continues tonight. Here’s the schedule for the rest of the week:

Tuesday, April 5:
Sports Programming Awards
Digital & Immersive Awards

Wednesday, April 6:
Children’s & Animation Awards
Lifestyle & Reality Awards

Thursday, April 7:
Drama & Comedy Crafts Awards
Scripted Programs & Performance Awards

Friday, April 8:
Cinematic Arts Awards

Sunday, April 10:
2022 Canadian Screen Awards on CBC and CBC Gem

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