Uncommon Hero

This short film pays tribute to Paul Thompson, a man who has created a uniquely Canadian theatrical tradition through his passion, vision and tireless innovation. At 14, he was given a ticket for the Stratford Festival. Fifty years later, it's hard to imagine Canadian theatre without his inspired leadership.

From Theatre Passe Muraille to the National Theatre School, Paul has mentored generations of actors and playwrights, forging a vibrant and distinctly Canadian theatre tradition.

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2011 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

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John L'Ecuyer
John L'Ecuyer
Lea Marin
director of photography
Jonathon Cliff
Lawrence Jackman
sound recordist
Sanjay Mehta
re-recording engineer
Paolo Amati
sound effects editor
Adam Raley
senior producer
Gerry Flahive
executive producer
Silva Basmajian