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A Day in the Night of Jonathan Mole

A Day in the Night of Jonathan Mole

| 33 min

This short film from director Donald Brittain tackles the subject of racial prejudice in employment, in a particularly witty fashion. It takes the form of a fantasy in the mythical country of Adanac, featuring arch bigot Jonathan Mole, Mrs. Platitude, Professor Short Sight and other characters.

  • camera
    John Gunn
  • sound
    John Locke
    George Croll
  • music
    Donald Douglas
  • editor
    Kirk Jones
  • sound editor
    Victor Merrill
  • script
    Donald Brittain
  • director
    Donald Brittain
  • producer
    Peter Jones
  • cast
    Michael Kane
    John Vernon
  • narration
    Michael Kane


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Ages 13 to 18

Civics/Citizenship - Human Rights
Social Studies - Labour Studies
Social Studies - Law
Social Studies - Social Policies and Programs

Warnings: Representation of Indigenous Peoples (term “Indian,” etc.)

Retell the story of Jonathan Mole from different characters in the film. What are the roots of Jonathan Mole’s discontent? What parallels can be made to present-day society or other periods in history? What symbols are used in the film to convey the story? How is humour used throughout the film to point out the prejudice held by Mole and other Adanacs? Using a T-chart, list the views held by witnesses both for and against “Mr. Blue, Mr. Red, and Mr. White.” What origins of prejudice are presented in the film?

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