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Capturing George

Capturing George

| 6 min

George F. Walker's career has spanned almost four decades, but Rolly and Stevie (from Walker's play Criminal Genius) have succeeded in tying the notoriously elusive dramatist down. To a chair. With lots of rope. Director Scott Smith's wicked reversal of theatrical order puts Walker in the centre of one of his own creations. This film was produced for the 2009 Governor General's Performing Arts Award.

  • recipient
    George F. Walker
  • writer
    Scott Smith
  • director
    Scott Smith
  • producer
    Yves J. Ma
  • cast
    James Kidnie
    Brendan Fletcher
    Michael Hogan
  • director of photography
    Gregory Middleton
  • editor
    Peter Roeck
  • production designer
    Matthew Finlason
  • set decorator
    Graeme Morgan
  • sound recordist
    Jeff Henschel
  • sound design
    Gael MacLean
  • sound supervision
    Gael MacLean
  • 1st assistant camera
    Andrew Coppin
  • 2nd assistant camera
    Laird Pierce
  • gaffer
    John McIntosh
  • key grip
    James McMurachy
  • genny operator
    Dave McClung
  • still photographer
    Ed Araquel
  • makeup
    Tracy Lai
  • production assistant
    Hedyeh Bozorgzadeh
    Damian Kuehn
    Mangla Bansal
  • re-recording mixer
    Greg Stewart
  • re-recording studio
    Post Modern Sound
  • post-production services
    Technicolor Creative Services
  • production coordinator
    Teri Snelgrove
  • technical coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
  • marketing manager
    Kay Leung
  • program administrator
    Bruce Hagerman
  • executive producer
    Tracey Friesen


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Ages 16 to 17

Arts Education - Drama
History and Citizenship Education - Civil Rights and Freedoms
Media Education - Popular Culture

Students may be confused and/or frustrated after watching the film because its premise is intentionally vague. Have students generate questions about the film. Discuss the concept of “context”—as viewers we take it for granted, but in this case, when it is absent, we are lost. Provide background information and/or scripts of Walker’s play Criminal Genius, then have students discuss the meaning of the film.

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