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Hugh MacLennan: Portrait of a Writer

Hugh MacLennan: Portrait of a Writer

| 57 min

A portrait of and tribute to the author who, with the publication of Barometer Rising in 1941, set a precedent in Canadian literature by writing about Canadian topics and places and, in so doing, paved the way for a thriving national literary movement. Through the use of still photographs, archival footage and interviews, this documentary traces seven decades of MacLennan's public and private life--as a young boy in Nova Scotia, brought up in a strict Presbyterian family of Scottish descent, as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford, as a professor at McGill University, and as the author of seven novels and numerous essays. Also featured in the film are several readings from MacLennan's work.

  • director
    Robert Duncan
  • producer
    Robert Duncan
  • script
    Robert Duncan
  • narrator
    Robert Duncan
  • executive producer
    Roger Kennedy
    Barrie Howells
  • cinematography
    Vic Sarin
  • sound
    Bob Jones
  • editing
    Janice Brown
  • sound editing
    Bernard Bordeleau
    Diane Normandeau
  • re-recording
    Hans Peter Strobl
    Adrian Croll
  • music
    Chris Crilly


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