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April 27, 2009

Presented in collaboration with the AV Trust.

Masterworks recognizes 12 culturally significant classics each year, drawn from the archives of the Canadian film, radio, TV and music industries. The nominating and selection juries choose works either because of their critical and popular success, or because they were seminal in their genre. The Masterworks program can provide funding to support preservation of selected Masterworks, and can enhance access to works no longer in active distribution.

The Audio-Visual Preservation Trust is dedicated to increasing Canadians’ awareness of their rich and distinctive heritage in moving images and sound.

Chosen by panels of industry experts in each of the four categories, this year’s Masterworks are:

Television: Flight Into Danger, the CBC’s seminal TV drama about a potential disaster aboard an airplane, adopted from the novel by Arthur Hailey; producer Michael Maclear’s Vietnam: The Ten Thousand Day War, an insightful and perceptive 26 part documentary series on the Vietnam War; and La Boîte à surprises, one of the longest-running children’s television programs in the history of Canadian broadcasting.

Radio: John Drainie, one of Canada’s most well known radio personalities and actors, best known for his role as Jake Trumper in the CBC’s “Jake and the Kid” series; Brian Thomas, former News Director of CHUM-FM Toronto and responsible for the first and only in-depth radio interview ever granted by Steven Truscott, on behalf of “The Steven Truscott Story,” the controversial interview with the man convicted and sentenced to life in his early teens for the murder of Lynne Harper some 50 years ago; and the socially conscious and immensely important Quebecois radio program Souverains anonyms, a radio program devoted to broadcasting the words, poetry, and music of the inmates of Quebec’s Bordeaux detention centre.

Sound Recording: Sylvain Lelièvre (1943-2002), Quebec’s award-winning and popular singer who beautifully combined the aesthetics of the traditional French song with jazz; Anne Murray, the female singer who was among the very first to break into popularity south of the border and beyond, selling millions of records and garnering much acclaim; and country legend Hank Snow (1914-199), a seminal figure in country music in Canada and the United States, and an influence on a generation of singers and songwriters.

Film: Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1994), the popular and critically acclaimed hybrid film study of Canadian musical phenomenon Glenn Gould directed by Francois Girard and scripted by Don McKellar; the historically important and foundational film of direct cinema documentary Lonely Boy (1962), a portrait of Paul Anka and his relationship to the culture of celebrity; and famed cinematographer and director Michel Brault’s Les Ordres (1974), a harrowing and grittily realistic depiction of the FLQ crisis, when Prime Minister Trudeau declared martial law and had close to 500 people arrested and held without charge.


Wolf Koenig, Roman Kroitor  •  Canada  •  1962  •  26 min
Monday, April 27, 2009, 8:00 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.
Michel Brault  •  Canada  •  1974  •  109 min
Monday, April 27, 2009, 8:00 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.
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