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An award-winning actor, writer, producer and director, Paul Gross has struggled to find the right balance between the heart and the head, between intellect and emotions. But sometimes a story comes along, captivates a filmmaker and simply won't leave. For Gross, this story was Passchendaele, a film based on his grandfather's experiences in a WWI battle that became synonymous with Canada's courage and resolution in the face of epic tragedy. This film was produced for the 2009 Governor General's Performing Arts Award.

  • recipient
    Paul Gross
  • writer
    Riley Adams
    Randy Bradshaw
  • director
    Randy Bradshaw
  • visual effects supervisor
    Kim Clegg
  • compositor
    Jeremy Webb
  • composer
    Dewi Wood
  • sound designer
    Dewi Wood
  • producer
    Bonnie Thompson
    David Christensen
  • camera greenscreen
    Matt Irwin
  • camera live action
    Josh Wong
  • sound recordist
    Sara Glaser
  • on-line
    Joe Owens
  • colourist
    Joe Owens
  • musician
    Dewi Wood
  • assistant camera
    Chloe Weaver
  • grip
    Alex Rodriguez
    Nathan Carballo
    Carlos Jackson
    Tatsutaka Sekine
  • gaffer
    Alex Rodriguez
    Nathan Carballo
    Carlos Jackson
    Tatsutaka Sekine
  • makeup
    Karma Ritchie
  • production assistant
    Kruno Malnar
    Ben Steeples
  • production coordinator
    Faye Yoneda
    Ginette D'Silva
  • marketing manager
    Kelly Fox
  • production supervisor
    Mark Power
  • program administrator
    Darin Clausen
  • executive producer
    David Christensen


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Ages 10 to 14

Civics/Citizenship - Ideologies
Diversity - Identity
History - World War I
Social Studies - Social History

What stories are important to our culture, and how do they define us? What are students’ personal stories, and how do they contribute to their own identity? Why is it important to document tragedies and/or triumphs? Make a list of “stories” from history that shape the identity of our country. What are Gross’s views about acting and moviemaking? How do his views influence his work? Identify common themes or characteristics.

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