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Canadian Famous

Canadian Famous

| 7 min

This short film is a tribute to Eric Peterson, one of Canada’s most accomplished actors. In a career spanning over 4 decades he has portrayed a broad range of memorable characters, from a World War I flying ace in Billy Bishop Goes to War to left-wing lawyer Leon Robinovitch in Street Legal (CBC TV) and the irascible Oscar Leroy in Corner Gas (CTV). Having secured a place in the nation’s cultural treasure trove, Peterson decides to express gratitude to the Canadians who prize his talents—and sets out, on foot, to thank every single one of them…

This film was produced by the NFB in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2013 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

  • recipient
    Eric Peterson
  • director
    Kevin McMahon
  • writer
    Kevin McMahon
    Eric Peterson
  • picture editor
    Robert Swartz
  • director of photography
    John Minh Tran
  • sound recordist
    Sanjay Mehta
  • location manager
    Vanessa Shah
  • production manager
    Rachel Punwassie
  • gaffer
    Scott Burton
  • hair artist
    Heather Calvert
  • makeup artist
    Heather Calvert
  • data management technician
    Chris Goll
  • production assistant
    Chris Niesing
  • online editor
    Andrew Mandziuk
  • post picture facility
    Fearless Films
  • re-recording
    Grant Edmonds
  • audio editor
    Gabe Knox
  • post sound facility
    The Dark Studio
  • production supervisor
    Mark Wilson
  • technical coordinator
    Marcus Matyas
  • centre administrator
    Josiah Rothenberg
  • supervising project manager
    Rachel Punwassie
  • producer
    Gerry Flahive
  • executive producer
    Silva Basmajian


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Ages 16 to 18

Arts Education - Drama
Diversity - Identity
Media Education - Popular Culture

Canadian Famous breaks the fourth wall by having Eric Peterson speak directly to the audience. Ask the class why they think the filmmakers used this technique. Peterson discusses the challenges of being a Canadian actor living next door to America (1:30). What are some of the ways in which Canada has attempted to address this issue (CanCon policies, for example)? Is there anything distinctly Canadian about Peterson’s idea for thanking the people of Canada? Content guide : Some strong language

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