Rosies of the North

Rosies of the North

                                Rosies of the North
| 46 min

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They raised children, baked cakes... and built world-class fighter planes. Sixty years ago, thousands of women from Thunder Bay and the Prairies donned trousers, packed lunch pails and took up rivet guns to participate in the greatest industrial war effort in Canadian history. Like many other factories across the country from 1939 to 1945, the shop floor at Fort William's Canadian Car and Foundry was transformed from an all-male workforce to one with forty percent female workers.

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Rosies of the North, Kelly Saxberg, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Kelly Saxberg
  • editing
    Kelly Saxberg
  • producer
    Joe MacDonald
  • executive producer
    Graydon McCrea
  • script
    Bob Lower
  • cinematography
    Ian Elkin
  • sound
    Dino Schiavone
  • sound editing
    Saul Henteleff
  • re-recording
    Bruce Little
  • music recording
    Howard Rissin
  • online editing
    Tony Wytinck
  • narration
    Martine Friesen
  • music
    Greg Lowe
  • cast
    Randy Wilson
    Corinne Little
    Jadwiga Kondakow
    Nina Godecki
    Mary Riddoch
    Irene Fedell
    Lorna Marsden
    Elizabeth Schneewind
    Gordon Burkowski
    Muriel Bailey
    Alice Taylor
    Jim Carmichael
    Alan Norton
    Helen Gural
    Lauretta Breckon Jones
    George Bicknell
    Ann Soulsby
    Kaylee Busniak
    Tracey Busniak
    Marilyn Bellin
    Jack Little
    Margaret Gandier
    Don Gandier

  • MOSAherne

    Now I can include CanCar-and the less-heralded workforce there. As regards the women; I would be tempted to say they don't 'make them like they used to' but I'm sure the ladies in this movie will bepleased to hear of the great difference today in women in aviation -and in the military. I just was looking at them -earlier. Phew!. I wish I was younger too. Now I hope you will appreciate 'one I made earlier' on When great people surmount earthly hindrences and ‘per ardua surgo ad astra’-I wonder how the world -especially in the west has ‘fallen’ in 50 years- into a death spiral of celebrity cretins -powered by cultural black holes of advertising; PR ;media and their vast orbit of influence . It’s with this galactic chasm of contrast between real life contribution from the aviators;commercial and air force; medics-EMT -AE nurses;doctors and surgeons; engineers and people all over the world who do responsible work with skill and courage —-in stark contrast -over today’s overpaid and inane savage tribes of self serving TV panelists and glib opinion formers and chatter merchants-that is a source of depression for me. I hope the former group prestige and cudos rises again over the latter groups vacuity. I have taken opportunities to be amongst some of these aforementioned heroic people-including but not only-the folks at Edwards AFB; and Nellis AFB Nevada east to Cape Canaveral Space and ranges and Patrick AFB—–from the reknown -to the unknown support crews and technicians- I salute them. Ladies of Cancar ---you're included! Maurice GP O'Sullivan Aherne Ireland

    MOSAherne, 4 Dec 2011