King of the Hill

This feature documentary follows one of the greatest Canadian baseball player of all time, Ferguson Jenkins, through the 1972-1973 seasons. From the hope and innocence of spring training to the dog days of an August slump, the camera gets up close and personal at the home plate and records the intimate chatter on the mound, in the dugout and in the locker room. It provides a glimpse into the rewards and pressures of sports stardom and the easy camaraderie of the quintessential summer sport.

From the playlist : Donald Brittain: Writer, filmmaker, storyteller.

Marrin Canell was a great friend of Don's and worked with him on several films. The problem when you become really good friends is that you tend to become less and less critical of your friend. You know the guy's going to pull it off and you don't want to be brutal. Marrin felt he was too close to Donald to be an effective editor or producer for him, but one thing they shared was a love of baseball.

Donald loved the game so much he invented a solitaire card game based on baseball. When he was near death, that's what he would do a lot of the time. He loved the world of baseball; he loved the Expos.

For King of the Hill, they filmed two seasons. But they couldn't get access to the team for the second season, so they had to make the first season work for both. It's an interesting story, as a lot of that film is faked.

— Adam Symansky

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Comments

  • BigCaddyJC

    “Fergie Jenkins ,playing in a leagiue full of real life superstars, was ,for a brief time, as good as there was in mlb. this film comes in on a career of a full-fledged african-canadian superstar! In a second city and a very good but unnoticed Chicago cubs franchise fergie was the teams very best player. please take a look back at one of your sons of Canada and be transfixed.” — BigCaddyJC, 29 Sep 2010

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Film Credits

director
William Canning
Donald Brittain
producer
William Canning
script
Donald Brittain
narrator
Donald Brittain
photography
David De Volpi
sound
Hans Oomes
editing
Marrin Canell
sound editing
Karl Duplessis
André Galbrand
Roger Hart
re-recording
Jean-Pierre Joutel
Michel Descombes
music
Eldon Rathburn

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