06. February 2016 · Comments Off on #52filmsbywomen #CdnTwist 4 – Double Happiness (director: Mina Shum) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, 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 week 4 is the film Double Happiness (1994) by director Mina Shum.  Thanks, Emily Ramsay for recommending it as a response to the vLog post for week 3!

The film stars Sandra Oh and Callum Keith Rennie.

“Jade Li, a vivacious Chinese Canadian, wants to become an actress without upsetting her extremely traditional parents. It’s a balancing act that Jade is finding difficult to achieve. Talking in English, wearing western clothes and going out with non-Asian guys, Jade leads a secret life when she leaves her stuffy but warm domestic scene each day. Things come to a head when Mark, a white Canadian graduate student, insists on turning their casual fling into something more meaningful. It’s a relationship that Jade’s parents would hate. What should she do? More »

hbowomenwhoact

Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park) sits down for intimate interviews with iconic Canadian actors Andrea Martin, Tatiana Maslany, Sandra Oh, and Ellen Page in HBO Canada’s 67-minute special Women Who Act.

Women Who Act with Patricia Rozema is an exclusive look at the fierce, tender, funny, and powerful careers of four of our most outstanding actresses. An award-winning director herself, Patricia takes us truly behind-the-camera.” — Helga Stephenson, CEO, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

Patricia was recently interviewed about the project by guest host Rachel Giese for q on CBC.  Catch Women Who Act on HBO Canada on Sunday July 26, 2015.