P4W: Prison for Women and Hookers on Davie: The Documentaries of Holly Dale and Janis Cole

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Documentary filmmaking has long been celebrated as a distinctly Canadian art form, yet the works of radical women documentarians like Holly Dale and Janis Cole remain overlooked. Their feature documentaries P4W: Prison for Women (1981) and Hookers on Davie (1984) were both landmark films: P4W was one of the earliest on-screen representations of incarcerated Canadian […]

“Curiosity is a good thing”: An Interview with Agnès Varda

For some 50 years, Agnès Varda has worked and lived in the 14th arrondissement in Paris, in a pink-painted atelier on rue Daguerre. (Her love of this milieu is well-known: she documented her fellow inhabitants of the small street in 1976’s Daguerréotypes, and in 2003 filmed a short surrealist rom-com, Le Lion Volatil, around the iconic […]

Come On, Get Happy…Justine

“In its earliest uses unhappy meant to cause misfortune or trouble.” -Sara Ahmed, The Promise of Happiness Melancholia (2011) is the story of two sisters and their family who, like the rest of humanity, must face the end of the world as the planet Melancholia hurls toward Earth. Comprised of two parts named for the siblings, […]