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Julie O'Brien

Julie O'Brien

| 18 min

This short film depicts Newfoundland’s “old times” as seen by Julie O’Brien, an 11-year-old living in Tors Cove. Told in the first person with cutaway shots to the girl’s many activities, the film illustrates the way traditions are maintained, remembered and evolved. This film is part of the Children of Canada series.

  • director
    Beverly Shaffer
  • producer
    Margaret Pettigrew
  • executive producer
    Kathleen Shannon
  • cinematography
    Kent Nason
  • sound
    Patricia Kipping
  • editing
    Margaret Wong
  • sound editing
    André Galbrand
  • re-recording
    Adrian Croll
  • music
    Larry Crosley


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Ages 10 to 13

Study Guide - Guide 1

Geography - Human Geography
Geography - Physical Geography/Geology
History - Canada 1946-1991
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)

Create a T-chart that summarizes the difference that Julie O’Brien notices between life “back then” and “now.” Add a third column that identifies differences that have occurred since this film was made. Are there any similarities between your life and Julie’s? How might this change depending on where you live in Canada? Describe the physical features of where Julie lives. How does this influence the way the settlement was established? How does this influence the industries of the area?

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