Saturday, January 07, 2012
In Praise of the National Film Board
When I was a young boy living in a Scottish village that didn't have a movie theatre, one of my teachers used to thrill me and the other kids, by hauling out an ancient projector and playing an educational movie.
And many of those movies were made by the National Film Board of Canada. I can't remember what they were about, except that it was always a magical moment. So I've been a fan of the NFB ever since.
In the mid-nineties I was horrified when the Liberals slashed its budget by about thirty percent. Every year its budget gets smaller and smaller. And I shudder to think what the Cons might do to it now that they have a majority.
Because it's a Canadian treasure.
As more evidence of that I offer up one of its latest little gems. It's called Wild Life. It tells the story of a young Englishman who sets out for Alberta in 1909, hoping to become a successful rancher.
Only to find out it was harder than he thought....
Yup. Please don't let the Cons destroy the NFB, like they are planning to destroy the CBC.
Because it's still making magic for me.
And it really is a Canadian treasure...
h/t Cartoon Brew