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Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (2012)

Stephen Leacock recounts his growing up period in the small town of Mariposa, Ontario, located on the shores of Lake Wissanotti with its notoriously leaky holiday steamer. It is a town ... See full summary »

Director:

Don McBrearty

Writers:

Stephen Leacock (book), Malcolm MacRury
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Jill Hennessy ... Agnes Leacock
Donal Logue ... Josh Smith
Gordon Pinsent ... Elder Stephen Leacock
Owen Best Owen Best ... Young Stephen Leacock
Katie Douglas ... Rose Leacock
Skyler Wexler ... Carrie Leacock (as Skyler Melody Wexler)
Dylan Everett ... Charlie Leacock (as Dylan Philip Everett)
Patrick McKenna ... Uncle EP Leacock
Rick Roberts ... Peter Leacock
Michael Therriault ... Billy Cole
Peter Keleghan ... Reverend Drone
Steffi DiDomenicantonio ... Lila Drone
Colin Mochrie ... Judge Pepperleigh
Debra McGrath ... Mrs. Pepperleigh
Eric Peterson ... Jeff Thorpe
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Stephen Leacock recounts his growing up period in the small town of Mariposa, Ontario, located on the shores of Lake Wissanotti with its notoriously leaky holiday steamer. It is a town similar to many other small towns in Canada with its odd assortment of residents. He lived there with his parents Peter and Agnes Leacock, his older brother Charlie Leacock, and his two younger sisters Rose and Carrie Leacock. The family had difficulties making ends meet in Mariposa, due in large part to the continually drunken state of Peter, who oft visited the public house located in the town's hotel. As such, Josh Smith, the owner and operator of the hotel and public house, was the bane of Agnes' existence. She did whatever she could not only to shut down the public house and hotel, but also run Smith out of town. As the Leacocks took an extreme measure to earn money to survive, young Stephen had mixed allegiances as he felt that Smith could assist them with their dire financial situation while his ... Written by Huggo

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Near the end, the elder Stephen Leacock looks at the younger Stephen Leacock and calls him "the boy I left behind me". ''The Boy I Left Behind Me'' was the title of his childhood memoirs, published posthumously in 1946. See more »

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15 February 2012 | by kenhmcleanSee all my reviews

When I saw that the CBC was going to do Sunshine Sketches, I eagerly awaited it. However, I was quite disappointed when I saw it. I found that the parts taken from the book itself (such as the sinking of the Mariposa Belle)were quite effective,but I did not like the interpollation of the Leacock biographical material. There is enough material in the book that was not used in the dramatization. Moreover, the bio details gave the presentation a much "heavier" feel than the book. Jill Hennessey does a very good job in her role, but as one character says, she is too much of a"sad witch". It is revealing that of the characters listed most are not in fact in the book.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 2012 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada See more »

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McMac Media Inc. See more »
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