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Reading Alistair MacLeod


A moving portrait of the noble writer Alistair MacLeod by the Governor General's Award winning filmmaker William D. MacGillivray 


Featuring his fellow writers:

   Margaret Atwood

   Colm Toibin

   Lisa Moore

   David Adams Richards

   Russell Banks

   Wayne Johnston

   Alexander MacLeod

Alistair MacLeod has been hailed internationally as a master of the short story, and his novel No Great Mischeif was celebrated around the world. Most of his work is firmly based in Cape Breton even if its people stray elsewhere. They depict men and women living out their lives against the haunting landscape that surround them. Focusing on the complexities and abiding mysteries at the heart of human relationships, MacLeod maps the close bonds and impassable chasms that lie between man and woman, parent and child, and invokes memory and myth to celebrate the continuity of the generations, even in the midst of unremitting change. This film portrait will explore the life and work of this giant of literature.


Directed by: William D. MacGillivray

Producer: Kent Martin, Terry Greenlaw

Editor: Christoher Cooper

Cinematography: Kent Nason

Sound: Alex Salter

Produced by: The National Film Board and Picture Plant


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