Wendy Lill: Playwright in Parliament

This documentary profiles Wendy Lill, an acclaimed and award-winning playwright who ran for a seat in, and was unexpectedly elected to, the Canadian Parliament in 1997. Critics have said that Lill's writing "plunges deeply into the mysteries of the human heart"; she has written poignantly about suffering, hypocrisy, abuse of power and the human conscience. Lill's political ambition was simply to "make a difference", but politics turns out to be a drama for which she is not always prepared. By the end of her first year in office as rookie MP for Dartmouth, Lill has made a reputation for herself as a staunch and committed NDP cultural and disability critic. This film is a fascinating portrait of a committed and creative Canadian artist and social justice activist.

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Film Credits

director
Mike Mahoney
Meredith Ralston
producer
Charlie Doucette
Kent Martin
script
Bob Lower
camera
Mike Mahoney
sound
John Rosborough
Phil Brouwer
Chris Newton
Jane Porter
Robert Patterson
editing
Dean Soltys
mixing
Allan Scarth
narration
Ann Marie MacDonald
music
Blain Morris
cast
Peter Blais
John Dunsworth
Gay Hauser
Joan Orenstein
Mike Petersen
Ryan Rogerson

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