BRANDON, MB — The students of the 4th year English course, “Imagining Manitoba,” taught by Dr. Di Brandt at Brandon University, have produced a multi-media display celebrating “Southwestern Manitoba: The Birthplace of the Modern Canadian Novel”. Their work will be exhibited in the Brandon College Alcove, on the second floor of BU Library. The display will open with a public opening and reception on Friday, March 30, from 2 to 3 p.m., featuring dramatic readings by Assistant Professor Dale Lakevold. The display will run until April 30.
Then, on Saturday, Dr. Brandt and the class will host a literary film festival that will showcase Manitoba authors through documentaries and in film adaptations of their novels and short stories. The schedule is as follows:
Film portraits of two internationally renowned Manitoba literary superstars
1:00 – 2:00 First Lady of Manawaka: Margaret Laurence (1979)
dir. Robert Duncan, prod. William Weintraub, narr. Jayne Eastwood (52 min.)
2:30 – 4:00 Gabrielle Roy (1998)
dir. Lea Pool, prod. Buffalo Gals (Winnipeg), narr. Sylvie Malo, et al (77 min.)
Best Documentary and Best Overall Sound, Prix Gemeaux 1998; Best Documentary, Banff TV Festival 1998; Best Canadian Work, Telefilm Canada Award 1998; Best History/Biography Documentary nominee, Gemini Awards 1999
NFB short film of a famous short story by celebrated MB/SK writer Sinclair Ross
5:00 – 5:15 Cornet at Night (1963)
dir. Stanley Jackson, prod. Peter Jones, National Film Board (14 min.)
Film adaptations of renowned novels by Neepawa author Margaret Laurence
5:30 – 7:00 The Stone Angel (2007)
dir. Kari Skogland, prod. Buffalo Gals (Wpg), starring Ellen Burstyn & Christine Horne,
filmed in Hartney, Manitoba (90 min.)
7:30 – 9:15 Rachel, Rachel (1968)
prod. & dir. Paul Newman, starring Joanne Woodward, James Olson & Kate Harrington,
based on the novel A Jest of God (101 min.)
9:30 – 11:30 The Diviners (1993) *** contingent on availability
dir. Anne Wheeler, prod. Atlantis (Winnipeg), screenplay Linda Svendsen, music
Randolph Peters (Wpg), starring Doreen Brownstone (Wpg), Evelyne Anderson,
Sonja Smits, Tom Jackson (Wpg), filmed in Souris, MB (117 min.)
“The fact that southwestern Manitoba is unequivocally the birthplace of the modern Canadian novel is one of this country’s best kept cultural secrets. We should be very proud of this astonishing legacy, and we hope you will all come out to help us celebrate our region’s rich literary heritage this weekend! ” said Dr. Brandt.
Both the opening reception, which will be held Friday at 2 p.m. on the second floor of the John Robbins Library on the BU campus, as well as the film festival, on Saturday in the Elephant Room in the Knowles-Douglas Student Building, are open to the public and admission is free.
For more information, please contact:
Joanne F. Villeneuve
270 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB R7A 6A9
- Brandon University
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