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Prix Jutra awards renamed after 'grandfather of Quebec cinema' accused of paedophilia

24 February 2016 7:33 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Quebecois Oscars expunge disgraced director over revelations as more victims speak out – one claiming he was as young as six during abuse

Quebec’s top film awards have been renamed – at least temporarily – after the renowned film-maker whose name they bore for 17 years was posthumously accused of being a paedophile.

Film historian Yves Lever sent shockwaves through the Quebecois film industry earlier this month when his new biography noted that Claude Jutra, arguably Canada’s first great film director, regularly slept with underage boys. In the wake of the allegations, the annual Prix Jutra awards organiser, Québec Cinéma, reportedly held an emergency meeting to discuss changing the name of the ceremony.

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Prix Jutra awards renamed after 'grandfather of Quebec cinema' accused of paedophilia

24 February 2016 7:33 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Quebecois Oscars expunge disgraced director over revelations as more victims speak out – one claiming he was as young as six during abuse

Quebec’s top film awards have been renamed – at least temporarily – after the renowned film-maker whose name they bore for 17 years was posthumously accused of being a paedophile.

Film historian Yves Lever sent shockwaves through the Quebecois film industry earlier this month when his new biography noted that Claude Jutra, arguably Canada’s first great film director, regularly slept with underage boys. In the wake of the allegations, the annual Prix Jutra awards organiser, Québec Cinéma, reportedly held an emergency meeting to discuss changing the name of the ceremony.

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- Ben Child

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'Grandfather of Quebec cinema' Claude Jutra accused of paedophilia

17 February 2016 9:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Organisers of Prix Jutra ceremony may consider removing late director’s name following biographer’s claim he slept with underage prostitutes

He is known as the grandfather of Quebecois cinema, his name still garlanding the Canadian province’s annual equivalent of the Oscars more than three decades after the actor and celebrated director drowned himself in the St Lawrence River, aged 56. But Claude Jutra’s legacy as a Canadian film icon has been called into question following the publication of a new book that claims he was a paedophile.

Film historian Yves Lever’s biography of Jutra, who was openly gay, claims the director of Mon Oncle Antoine and Kamouraska regularly had sex with boys as young as 14 and 15, and in one case under 14. In a section titled plainly “Claude Jutra and boys”, Lever writes: “During shoots, especially those in the country, promiscuity renders secrets impossible to keep. People quickly »

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