Clearcut

41

100 minutes – Drama, Environment issues, First Nations,
Language: English
Festival release date: September 10, 1991 (Toronto International Film Festival)
DVD release date:
Production company: Cinexus Capital Corporation
Canadian distributor: Northern Arts Entertainment

Clearcut, based on the novel by M.T. Kelly, attacks the smug liberal pieties of so many movies about racial issues by daring to suggest that sometimes action, and violent action, speaks far more eloquently than words. And words are what its central character, a Toronto attorney representing a native community in a logging dispute, can’t seem to stop spewing. Even when kidnapped by a sinister Indigenous man (played terrifyingly by Graham Greene) determined to mete out a little overdue payback to white society, our “hero” (Ron Lea) keeps on trying to do what it is he’s been trained to do at least since law school: negotiate, reason and compromise. But that isn’t working this time.

The film’s director, Ryszard Bugajski, was born in 1943 in Warsaw, Poland abd passed away in Warsaw on the 7th of June 2019.

Clearcut, movie, poster,

Crew:

Producer:

Ian McDougall
Stephen J. Roth

Executive Producer:

Stephen Alix
Stephen J. Roth

Associate Producer:

Shelley Gillen

Director:

Ryszard Bugajski

Screenwriter:

Robert Forsyth

Cinematographer:

François Protat

Editor:

Michael Rea

Composer:

Shane Harvey

Production Designer:

Perri Gorrara

Art Director:

Ken Watkins
Gareth Wilson (Set decoration)

Costume Designer:

Kathy Vieira

Cast: Roles:

Graham Greene
Ron Lea
Michael Hogan
Floyd Red Crow Westerman
Rebecca Jenkins
Tia Smith
Tom Jackson
Michael J. Reynolds
David A. Sutton
Raoul Trujillo
Michael Willar
Harvey Churchill
Therry Bannon
John Boylan
Phil Harris
Steve Mousseau
Andrew Proctor
Jari Sarkka

Arthur
Peter Maguire
Bud Rickets
Wilf
Louise
Polly
Tom Starblanket
Hunter
Pilot
Eugene
News Cameraman #1
Sweat Lodge Singer #1
Sweat Lodge Singer #2
Bud’s Lawyer
Policeman
Nasty Cop
Regional Police Officer #1
Regional Police Officer #2