A lot of attention is given to breast cancer, but 1 out of every 8 men can expect to develop prostate cancer in their lifetime. When Zaritsky directed , he could scarcely predict that he himself would be diagnosed with prostate cancer by the end of production. He had good models of how to handle the diagnosis, thanks to film participants like Bob Hunter.
Having essentially invented Greenpeace in 1975, Time magazine named Hunter as one of the eco-heroes of the century. A lifelong journalist, he chronicled his adventures in the book Warriors of the Rainbow. Previously he had written at the Winnipeg Tribune, where he met fellow journalist Martin O’Malley.
The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation. Trudeau made it famous, but it’s O’Malley who coined the phrase first in his article for The Globe and Mail. O’Malley now writes for the CBC, and is the author of 9 works of nonfiction. His best known book is , which was turned into a TV film directed by Atom Egoyan.
Born to Armenian-Egyptian parents, filmmaker Atom Egoyan was named to commemorate Egypt’s first nuclear reactor. His obsessive psychological thriller Exotica was nominated for the Palme d’Or and won the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Much of the story takes place inside a Toronto strip club, save the revenue-tax-audit part of the story, involving a pet shop owner/bird smuggler named Thomas played by Don McKellar. (You’ll just have to see the film)
Screenwriter, actor, and director Don McKellar studied directing at the Canada Film Centre, which was not happy about him shooting his first short film on their campus. Blue featured very explicit sexual content – with David Cronenberg in the starring role. The small film actually generated sales, with which McKellar went on to make , which again, featured Cronenberg.
One of Canada’s most prolific filmmakers, Cronenberg is widely regarded as a pioneer in the body horror genre. In his remake of the 1950’s classic The Fly, Jeff Goldblum was a natural choice for the mad scientist lead, but Cronenburg struggled finding the right woman to play his opposite. Ultimately, Cronenburg felt that Geena Davis, Goldblum’s real-life girlfriend, would best match his character’s stature and eccentricities.
The 6-foot tall beauty started off as a model, but Davis is more than just a pretty face. She’s a writer, producer and actor – she put the Thelma in Thelma & Louise. Extraordinarily intelligent, Davis has an IQ of 140, and is a member of Mensa.