This feature film uses Michael Crummey’s seminal piece of Newfoundland literature to examine cultural change and modern relationships. As in Crummey’s collection of poems and stories, there is a decisive theme of the artist investigating his ancestors to discover himself. Filmmaker Justin Simms offers viewers a timely reflection on compassion, storytelling and identity.
Ages 13 to 18
English Language Arts - CanLit
Family Studies/Home Economics - Family Diversity and Challenges
History - Canada 1946-1991
Social Studies - Social History
In Hard Light, Michael Crummey offers personal memories that make it clear his family history has a direct impact on his writing. How does this affect our understanding and interpretation of the stories presented in the film? Highlight the themes that recur in Crummey’s work such as life and death, happiness and sadness, or fishing and living off the land. How does Crummey’s personal journey connect to these themes?