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The Luck of Ginger Coffey
dir. Irvine Kershner
Canada, 100 minutes

Ottawa: Cinema Capital
ByTowne Cinema, Sunday, October 29, 2017, 1:30 pm

Free admission

The Luck of Ginger Coffey is a compelling drama about a high-spirited Irish immigrant trying to make a living in Montreal in the early 1960s. Based on author Brian Moore’s novel, which won the Governor General’s Award, the film stars legendary actor Robert Shaw (Jaws, A Man For All Seasons) in an energetic performance as Ginger Coffey, a man bent on improving his station in life in a Canada he regards as the land of endless opportunity and utopian dreams. He soon discovers that his Canadian dreamland is not as welcoming as he imagined. Shaw’s real-life spouse Mary Ure co-stars as Coffey’s wife. By turns tough and tender, comic and tragic, this impressive drama captured the Canadian Film Award for Best Feature Film in 1965.

This is the second feature-length drama (after 1963’s Amanita Pestilens) produced by the legendary Ottawa film producer, F.R. ‘Budge’ Crawley.  By the 1960s his production company, Crawley Films, was the largest independent production company in Canada, producing everything from television shows to commercials to documentaries to animation and training films.


This special screening event will feature a restored 35mm print of the critically acclaimed Crawley Films feature film from 1964, THE LUCK OF GINGER COFFEY. The film will be introduced by Crawley Films archivist and scholar James Forrester.