Showing posts with label Canadian TV. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Canadian TV. Show all posts

Canada: The Story of Us (As Told by Canadian Celebrities)

CBC TV has recently begun airing a new documentary called Canada: The Story of Us. It starts out with a medium close-up of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's face talking about co-operation and acceptance, again, followed by majestic forests and CGI geese flying north. There's a lot of water, mountains and trees - many, many trees. Then, something odd happens. One doesn't expect anything but the official line here, especially since the film was introduced by the PM himself, so we're thinking this doc isn't going to be controversial. Fine. Then it happens, a medium close-up of Sook-Yin Lee appears, dark eyes, nice smile, and she talks about Canada. Then, it hits me: Why is Sook-Yin Lee telling me this? She has no personal connection to the information at all. Essentially, a celebrity is teaching me history?  A Story about Us as Told by Celebrities. Not cool at all.

A Grittier Anne of Green Gables?

Stories are indeed getting grittier these days. Around the world, audiences want drama with suffering that's isn't so polished to look neat and presentable. They want to see the pain and trauma of real life, and the more innocent the protoganist, the better. Who would have thought that Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables would fall into this category? Anne is so sweet and charming, it's hard to believe she has a dark, sordid history to contrast her lovable self. Canadians fell in love with Anne as retold by Megan Follows in 1985. She was "the fiery and headstrong redhead" who, since then, has gotten a dramatic upgrade since the newest version aired on CBC on March 19th 2017. A grittier Anne, indeed. And who better to write this new, grittier version of Anne of Green Gables than Breaking Bad Canadian writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett?