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Canadian stories get their turn in the spotlight

From Monday's Globe and Mail

Novels by Margaret Laurence, Anne Michaels and Matt Cohen endured tortuous journeys from page to screen, writes Liam Lacey ...Read the full article

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  1. Hugh Draper from Canada writes: I wish adapting films from novels was far more prevalent.
  2. Upper Canadian born and raised in Western Canada from St Albert, Canada writes: I quite enjoyed The Stone Angel, it is one book I recommend to people who are dealing with older relatives and may not appreciate what is happening to them. It will be interesting to see it adapted to the screen.
  3. Maxwell Smart from Toronto, Canada writes: I SO wish that government spokespersons and the media (who take their cues from politicians here in Toronto, against all odds!) would "get over" this "telling our stories" talk that is SO infantile. I've had discussions with both Richard Florida and Charles Landry in which both urban planning gurus expressed precisel;y the same sentiment. Cultural development comes from "engaging" people in debate, not "patronizing" them with "chat" about how "wonderful" it is to see "our stories" being "told" on the screen.

    Spare me the hyperbole, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. Melanie Palmer from Toronto, Canada writes: "Telling stories" is EXACTLY how we package literacy education when we travel in the developing world. Funny that Canadian media and writers would adopt a developing workld phraseology to describe this.

    Oops! I stand corrected. I've seen a few "Canadian" films (i.e. made in English). Yes, the Globe and Mail is right. Canadians DO need to learn how to tell their stories. Then, after you've all exhausted your mythologies, maybe one of you can get around to making a film that isn't a tour of the director's very Canadian anal cavity. That WOULD be nice for a change, wouldn't it?
  5. judit kenyeres from Toronto, Canada writes: Dear Liam Lacey, Typically I have much enjoyed reading your insightful film reviews. This time I am very disappointed and indeed upset!!! You had a perfect framework within which to mention the Canadian film, Shake Hands With The Devil and you ignored this completely!!! Let me quote you from an inspirational article found in The Gazette on the 10th of Sept. "The man is dallaire, the story is genocide, heroism and political indifference is all too real. It is the great, terrifying accomplishment of this film that those elements are brought into sharp perspective". (John Griffin). The Globe has totally ignored this immensely meaningful and important film. By omission, you have insulted General Dallaire, a rare hero in our midst and the tireless (and indeed heroic) efforts of all those involved in bringing this film to the public. Shame on you and shame on The Globe for giving us a 2 page spread the same issue with gossip from Fim parties!!! Judit Kenyeres judit@sympatico.ca
  6. Janis Miller from Canada writes: "Kissed" was based on a Gowdy short story NOT a novel (It was the title story in the collection "We So Seldom Look On Love" [1992]).

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