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Inventing Grace, Touching Glory (2003)

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An interesting document recording early filmmaking in British Columbia. The story is told by pioneer film workers who began their careers in the 1950s/60s, and it progresses until we see ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Tom Adair ...
Stuart Aikins
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
John S. Bartley
Himself (archive footage)
Hagan Beggs
Alec Besky ...
Michael S. Bolton
Phillip Borsos ...
Himself (archive footage)
Bob Bowe
Dillard Brinson ...
Paul Bronfman ...
Himself (archive footage)
George H. Brown ...
Himself (archive footage)


An interesting document recording early filmmaking in British Columbia. The story is told by pioneer film workers who began their careers in the 1950s/60s, and it progresses until we see what the film industry is like in 2003. A worthwhile journey to witness how the business has changed over the decades. Original B/W footage of Oliver Reed and Rita Tushingham filming The Trap (1966) on Bowen Island. Written by Anonymous

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10 October 2003 (Canada)  »

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The History Film  »

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CAD 98,000 (estimated)

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Savage Justice (1967) (Sweet and the Bitter 1967) is considered the first feature shot in British Columbia, however during the 1920s and 30s British productions would use the area to film what was called "The Quota Quickie". British Columbia would double for the United Kingdom.
  • (The Quota): A government enforced requirement for British cinemas to show a quota of British produced films for a duration of 10 years. The Act's supporters believed this would promote the emergence of a vertically-integrated film industry in which production, distribution and exhibition infrastructure were controlled by the same companies. The vertically-integrated American film industry of that era saw rapid growth in the years immediately following the end of the First World War. The idea, therefore, was to try and counter Hollywood's perceived economic and cultural dominance by promoting similar business practices among British studios, distributors and cinema chains. By creating an artificial market for British films, it was hoped the increased economic activity in the production sector would eventually lead to the growth of a self-sustaining industry. The quota was initially set at 7.5% for exhibitors, which was raised to 20% in 1935.

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Betty Thomas: It was exciting to be part of that because I felt I was part of a family - a family that was starting to build something. We were all traveling in fear and trepidation because we were never sure when the next job would come our way. Literally a year would go by and nothing.
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Saw it, loved it, recommend it!
20 July 2004 | by (London, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I love good stories in whatever format they come. This documentary is about making a film industry in western Canada from the 1950s to right now. The people that appear in it are interesting, the story they tell is exciting, the locations the film's shot in are fantastic and the music score throughout the entire movie is brilliant. I'd love to hear more from whoever the person was that did the composing, the guy is amazing!!! I really like history and this film was a great weave of 50 years.

Moreover a film about the film business is always interesting.

I recommend it and like what this filmmaker has done with the subject matter.

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