Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague

This feature-length documentary, based on Michael Bliss’s 1991 book Plague: A Story of Smallpox in Montreal, juxtaposes a hypothetical 21st century pandemic with the 1885 smallpox epidemic that claimed over 2,500 lives in Montreal. A string of fatal errors and mishaps, including a tainted batch of vaccines, fostered panic and mistrust in a city already divided by language, religion and class. Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague addresses renewed fears of bio-warfare and consults contemporary public health experts about the potential implications of a modern pandemic, including social unrest and economic ruin.

Pandemics have killed more people throughout history than all wars combined. They are unpredictable—and inevitable. Are we ready for the next big one?


Jefferson Lewis
Jefferson Lewis
Kenneth Hirsch
Adam Symansky
Christian Medawar
Line Richard
executive producer
Ravida Din
Yves Bisaillon
director of photography
Bobby Shore
Nathalie Moliavko-Visotsky
art director
Michel Marsolais
costume designer
Marcella Léporé
Susan Shanks
original music
Dino Giancola
Ganesh Anandan
sound designer
Daniel Toussaint
Colm Feore
Tom Puchniak
Terri Foxman
Dominique Parent
Barbara Sears
archival researcher
Terri Foxman
Marc Beïque
Marcel Cadotte
Mitchel Fortin
André Picard
Theresa Tam
Michael Bliss
André Dascal
Michael Libman
Marc Poirier
Jacques Viau
Marie-Josée Belanger
Marie-Laure Rozas
Judith Baribeau
Ruth Chiang
Marcel Jeannin
Daniel Malenfant
David Schapp
Marc-André Brunet
Chloé Lacasse
André Cyr
Didier Dubois
voice-over actor
Julian Casey
Laurence Dauphinais
Kathleen Fee
Lori Graham
Annick Leger
Daniel Pilon
Harry Standjofski
sound recordist
Marie-France Delagrave
Daniel Tremblay
key set dresser
Louise Tremblay
key hair dresser
Gaétan Landry
Denis Parent
key makeup artist
Natalie Trépanier
sound editor
Daniel Toussaint
Luc Raymond
foley artist
Lise Wedlock
re-recording mixer
Geoffrey Mitchell
executive producer
Kenneth Hirsch


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