TV Movie is Directed by Jerry Ciccoritti, Produced by Bernie Zukerman, and Stars
Shawn Doyle, Peter Outerbridge, David La Haye and Patrick McKenna
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TORONTO, Sept. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - JOHN A: Birth of a Country, a two-hour political thriller produced by Indian Grove productions,
will air on CBC Television on Monday, September 19 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT). Produced by Bernard Zukerman, directed by Jerry Ciccoritti, and written
by Bruce M. Smith, the film stars Shawn Doyle as John A. Macdonald,
Peter Outerbridge as George Brown, David La Haye as Georges-Étienne
Cartier and Patrick McKenna as Alexander Galt.
JOHN A: Birth of a Country lays bare the passionate, titanic struggle between Macdonald, the
charismatic leader of the Conservative Party, and his opponent, the
fiercely determined Brown, leader of what would become the Liberal
Party and founder of Toronto's Globe (later the Globe and Mail). Both
men were fired by dramatically differing visions of this country...and
a deep hatred for each other.
The time period of the film is 1856 to 1864. The English in Upper Canada
(later Ontario) are pitted against the French in Lower Canada (later
Quebec). It's a dysfunctional situation and the United States eyes the
chaos, coveting the idea of annexing a vulnerable land. Britain,
meanwhile, has no stomach to fight for us. On this stage, lit by the
threat of war and the brutality of abandonment, two men, John A.
Macdonald and George Brown, each profoundly committed to his own view
of the country, battle to dominate the shape of Canada's future.
It was against this volatile background that Macdonald first takes
control of the Conservative Party and makes it the dominant Party of
the country by forging a deal with the French. Then, he puts together
a plan of action that is so brilliant and audacious that it eventually
leads to Confederation and the creation of Canada. His adversary is
Liberal George Brown, an ideologue committed to Representation by
Population - an idea that plays as both anti-French and anti-Catholic.
It is Brown who ultimately makes the biggest personal sacrifice in
order for Canada to become a reality as a nation.
The struggle between these two fascinating adversaries centres on many
of the key questions that still resonate in Canada 150 years later:
What does the military mean to us? How do we define sovereignty? What
responsibility do we have to each other?
"I like the fact that Canada is an independent nation," says producer
Bernie Zukerman, "and it gives me great pleasure to tell the stories of
Canada and celebrate the remarkable men who made this country
Winner of 6 Gemini Awards, producer Bernard Zukerman has made some of Canada's most memorable series and films for
television. "JOHN A is a political thriller, the story of personal hatred, public passion
and a political poison pill. Only the fire of the conflicting energies
of Macdonald and Brown could have created a new country - our country,"
Zukerman comments. The producer's credits include the award-winning Dieppe, The Sleep Room, Love and Hate and, more recently, Victor: The Victor Davis Story and the series This is Wonderland.
Shawn Doyle (John A. Macdonald) captures the tormented brother Joey on the HBO hit Big Love and the eccentric chess champion on Endgame. Winner of the 2007 Gemini Award for lead actor (The Robber Bride), Doyle co-produced and starred in the independent film Grown Up Movie Star which premiered to critical praise at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
He has won 3 awards for his critically acclaimed performance as Dennis
Langley in The Eleventh Hour and appeared in the series 24 and Desperate Housewives.
Peter Outerbridge (George Brown) is one of television's most compelling leading men whose
credits include ReGenesis (for which, playing David Sandstrom, he is a four-time Gemini nominee as
Best Actor in a Continuing Series), Murdoch Mysteries, Whistler, 24, Nikita, Monk, Sanctuary, Heartland, Chasing Cain, 100 Days in the Jungle and Flashpoint.
David La Haye (Georges-Étienne Cartier), one of Quebec's most exciting actors,
starred in the highly acclaimed film Un crabe dans la tête for which he received the 2002 Genie Award for Best Performance by an
Actor in a Leading Role. He has been nominated two other times for
Genie Awards as Best Actor as well as twice nominated as Best Actor for
the Jutra Award. He is the lead actor in the series Mirador that debuted on Radio-Canada in January 2010.
For additional information online please visit http://www.johnabirthofacountry.com and the official JOHN A: BIRTH OF A COUNTRY Facebook page.
JOHN A: Birth of a Country is part of the CBC's "75 Days of Programming", a line-up of new and
original programs celebrating the CBC's 75th Anniversary. A comprehensive calendar of all anniversary-related
programming and events is posted at www.cbc.ca/75
Image with caption: "L to R - Shawn Doyle as John A. Macdonald and Peter Outerbridge as George Brown (CNW Group/Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110915_C3943_PHOTO_EN_3357.jpg
Image with caption: "L to R Shawn Doyle as John A. producer Bernie Zukerman Peter Outerbridge as George Brown (CNW Group/Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110915_C3943_PHOTO_EN_3358.jpg
Image with caption: "Peter Outerbridge as George Brown (CNW Group/Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110915_C3943_PHOTO_EN_3359.jpg
Image with caption: "Shawn Doyle as John A. Macdonald and David La Haye as Georges-Etienne Cartier (CNW Group/Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110915_C3943_PHOTO_EN_3360.jpg
Image with caption: "Shawn Doyle as John A. Macdonald (CNW Group/Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110915_C3943_PHOTO_EN_3361.jpg
SOURCE Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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