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Grierson and Gouzenko


Sponsored By

The Leonard Wolinsky Foundation

Screening Information

September 21 – October 15
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country Canada
Year 1986
Running Time 90 MIN
Language English
Director Martin Kinch

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With a cast featuring Eric Peterson as John Grierson, Saul Rubinek as Igor Gouzenko, and Aaron Schwartz as Communist Party MP Fred Rose, a forgotten piece of Canadian history is brought to life in a very compelling CBC drama. This rarely-screened teleplay written by Rick Salutin offers a dramatic glimpse into Canada’s Red Scare that pre-dated the rise of McCarthyism in the United States. Grierson and his National Film Board of Canada become targets of an anti-Communist blacklist in the immediate post-war years, after Soviet clerk Gouzenko produced documents revealing a spy ring operating in Canada.

Presentation Details

Pre-recorded Q & A Saul Rubinek, Writer Rick Salutin, Actor Eric Peterson and Director Martin Kinch