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Brian McKenna

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B: August 8, 1945 in Montreal, Québec

D: May 5, 2023 in Montreal, Québec

Brian McKenna was a documentary filmmaker, often filling the roles of Producer, Director and Screenwriter on his projects, many of which dealt with Canada’s history during times of war. He was a founding producer of CBC’s Oscar and Emmy award-winning documentary program, the fifth estate, where he worked from 1975-1988. A former parliamentary correspondent for the Montreal Star, he often worked with his brother Terence McKenna, also a filmmaker, in particular on the 3-part 1992 series The Valour and the Horror, which contained three episodes titled, A Savage Christmas: The Fall of Hong Kong, Death by Moonlight: Bomber Command and In Desperate Battle: Normandy 1944.

He was 77 when he died in Montreal in May of 2023.

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

The Killing Ground (TV-1988)

The Making of a Leader (1919-1968) (TV-1994)
The Art of Governing (1968-1972) (TV-1994)
Establishing a Just Society (1972-1984) (TV-1994)
War at Sea: U-boats in the St. Lawrence (1995)
War at Sea: The Black Pit (1995)
A Web of War (1996)

Fire and Ice: The Rocket Richard Riot (2000)
Big Sugar (TV-2005, short)
The Great War (TV-2007)
La fin de la Nouvelle-France (TV-2009)

Famine and Shipwreck, an Irish Odyssey (TV-2011)
Newfoundland at Armageddon (2016)

TV Series:
The Valour and the Horror (1992, mini-series)
War of 1812 (1999, mini-series)
Chiefs (2002, mini-series)
Korea: The Unfinished War (2003, mini-series)
The Secret World of Gold (part of History Specials, 2013)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
The Killing Ground (TV-1988)
War at Sea: U-boats in the St. Lawrence (1995)
War at Sea: The Black Pit (1995)
Big Sugar (TV-2005, short)
The Great War (TV-2007)
Famine and Shipwreck, an Irish Odyssey (TV-2011)
Newfoundland at Armageddon (2016, co-writer)

TV Series:
The Valour and the Horror (1992, mini-series)
War of 1812 (mini-series, 1999)
Korea: The Unfinished War (2003, mini-series)
The Secret World of Gold (part of History Specials, 2013)

Credits as a Producer:
The Great War (TV-2007)
Newfoundland at Armageddon (2016, co-producer)

TV Series:
The Valour and the Horror (1992, mini-series)


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