20. February 2016 · Comments Off on #52FilmsByWomen #CdnTwist 6 – Fifty Dead Men Walking (director: Kari Skogland) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Canadian Filmmakers, Feature Films · Tags: , ,

This year, I joined thousands of other film fans who have taken on the challenge to watch 52 films directed by women in 2016.  It’s part of a campaign using the hashtag #52filmsbywomen.  I’m throwing in an additional twist and making them all Canadian films.

My selection for film 6 is the film Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008) by director Kari Skogland.

Fifty Dead Men Walking is inspired by the book of the same name, an autobiography of Martin McGarland who was recruited by the British Police to spy on the IRA.  Shot in Northern Ireland with a cast that includes Jim Sturgess, Sir Ben Kingsley, Kevin Zegers, Natalie Press and Rose McGowan, the film won the DGC Craft Award in 2009 and Genies for Art Direction (Eve Steward, Production Designer) and Best Screenplay, Adapted (Kari Skogland).Kari Skogland is an Ottawa-born director.  She started her career as an editor and moved on to directing television commercials and music videos.  Most notably she directed several episodes of the Canadian TV series Traders which was nominated for 28 Geminis including Best Director and Best Series, which it won in 1998.  Some of her other feature films include The Stone Angel (2007) and Chicks with Sticks (2004).

Here’s the trailer for Fifty Dead Men Walking.

The film is available for rent via iTunes Canada.  Use the CONTACT US page or the comments sections on Facebook/YouTube to let me know what you think of the film and/or to recommend other Canadian films directed by women that should be on the list.  Also include a link to where they are available on SVOD or VOD so we can check them out.

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Cheers, Jith.

Posts for #52filmsbywomen Canadian twist so far:

#1 Sabah: A Love Story (2005) by director Ruba Nadda

#2  The Whistleblower (2005) by director Larysa Kondracki

#3  The Altruist (2015) by director Micheline Lanctôt

#4  Double Happiness (1994) by director Mina Shum

#5  Hi-Ho Mistahey! (2013) by Alanis Obomsawin

#6  Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008) by Kari Skogland
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