| 20 min

Feisty, fiercely independent and firmly rooted in place, 90 year-old Mabel Robinson broke barriers back in the 40s when she became the first woman in Hubbards, Nova Scotia, to launch her own business—a hairdressing salon where she still provides shampoo-n-sets over 70 years later. Weaving animation and archival imagery with intimate and laugh out loud moments in the salon, the film celebrates the power of friendship, doing what you love and staying active. With no desire to retire anytime soon, Mabel gives voice to a generation who are not front and center of cinema or the pop hairstyles of the day, and subtly shifts the lens on our perception of beauty and the elderly.

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  • researcher
    Teresa MacInnes
    Wanda Nolan
  • featuring
    Mabel Robinson
    Lola Ewing
    Ruby Johnstone
    Nellie Westhaver
  • writer
    Teresa MacInnes
  • director
    Teresa MacInnes
  • director of photography
    Kent Nason
  • sound recordist
    Arthur McKay
  • animation
    Frank Forrestall
  • sound design
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer
  • original music
    Judith Gruber-Stitzer
  • editor
    Teresa MacInnes
  • foley artist
    Karla Baumgardner
  • music recording
    Luc Léger
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • producer
    Annette Clarke
  • executive producer
    Annette Clarke

  • g.balossi

    I really enjoyed it. A great teaching lesson for everybody: Young and Old.

    g.balossi, 25 Feb 2017
  • Lois.Segal

    Great film.

    Lois.Segal, 21 Nov 2016
  • rodrigobuenotibyrica

    So delicate, I loved it :-)

    rodrigobuenotibyrica, 30 Oct 2016
  • ritabackus

    I loved this show. Thank you!

    ritabackus, 21 Oct 2016