Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
March 12, 2018

Minister Mitchelmore Congratulates ‘Maudie’ on Winning Seven Canadian Screen Awards

The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, today congratulated ‘Maudie’ for winning seven Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Picture, at a gala held in Toronto.

‘Maudie’ also won for:

  • Original Screenplay – Sherry White
  • Achievement in Direction – Aishling Walsh
  • Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role – Sally Hawkins
  • Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Ethan Hawke
  • Achievement in Editing – Stephen O’Connor
  • Achievement in Costume Design – Trisha Bakker

Produced and written by the province’s own Mary Sexton and Sherry White, ‘Maudie’ starred Academy Award nominees Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke in the true story of Maud Lewis, who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s premier folk artists.

Through the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation (NLFDC), the Provincial Government invested $1.594 million in equity and tax credits to support ‘Maudie’. On a total budget of almost $7 million, more 75 per cent of the investments came from outside the province with over half the budget being spent locally. The film was entirely shot in Newfoundland and Labrador, and created more than 80 fulltime employment equivalencies.

In 2016, ‘Maudie’ premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride and screened internationally at many festivals including the Berlinale. The film went on to great success at the Canadian box office.

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is dedicated to the promotion, recognition and celebration of exceptional achievements in Canadian film, television and digital media.

Quotes
“Congratulations to Mary Sexton, Sherry White and the entire ‘Maudie’ team for winning seven Canadian Screen Awards last night in Toronto. The strength, diversity and capacity of our film and television industry were showcased on the production of ‘Maudie’, and I commend the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation for their work and effort on this inspirational film. This thriving industry is experiencing a strong period of growth and success, and exceeded $50 million in total production value in 2017-18. This was our best year ever, and government is committed to ensuring that we capitalize on further opportunities.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

“The Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation is very proud of the success of the film Maudie nationally and internationally and we congratulate all the partners involved. The province, through the NLFDC, partnered with producer Mary Sexton and screenwriter Sherry White from the earliest phases of the script through production and post-production to the success of its release. The nominations and wins for this film at the Canadian Screen Awards are very well deserved and are a testament not only to those awarded but to the entire cast and crew who shot this remarkable film in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Paul Lannon
Chair of the Board of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation

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Eric Humber
Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
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Dorian Rowe
Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation
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2018 03 12                              1:15 p.m.