As announced today (July 12), CBC has picked up a total of nine nominations for The Directors Guild of Canada Awards, with The Wrath of Grapes leading the way with three nods. The DGC represents almost 4,000 people working in film and television in this country, and it's not just directors as the name would suggest. They represent the key creative and logistical people from all areas of direction, design, editing and production.
Like many other guilds in the entertainment world (for example ACTRA and the Writers Guild), the DGC will honour the best of their field at an award ceremony later this year. On October 20, five CBC shows and one documentary will compete for awards at the Gala. These are the CBC nominees:
The Wrath of Grapes: The Don Cherry Story
Best Television Movie/Mini-Series
Best Direction - Television Movie/Mini-Series
Best Sound Editing - Television Movie/Mini-Series
You can watch the whole movie again at the CBC Player. We spoke with Don Cherry, Ron MacLean and the men who portrayed them in the movie about Hockey Night in Canada controversy and much more.
Best Television Series - Comedy
It's one of the funniest shows on Canadian television, and this recognition proves it (Have a look at what we think are the funniest moments of the season). Nominated for episode six of the first season, The Dance, you can watch it again on the CBC Player. And then watch the whole series. Actually, we'd recommend starting with episode one and going from there...
Best Television Series - Family
Perhaps Canada's best loved family TV show - it's Heartland. Nominated for the third episode of its fifth season, What's in a Name?. We sat down with Amber Marshall and Graham Wardle to find out just how well they know each other.
Best Direction - Television Series
Best Sound Editing - Television Series
Two episodes of the historical drama Camelot were nominated. One for sound and one for overall direction. You can watch them both online, as well as the whole series.
Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Best Television Series - Comedy
It was one of the most critically acclaimed comedy series of last year, and its nomination reflects that. The episode in question is the fourth; Sleeping With People, one of five directed by Don McKellar. As the season wrapped up, Don McKellar and three of the show's stars joined us for a live stream to chat about the show - Group Therapy.
Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary
Desert Riders, directed by Vic Sarin, explores the very popular world of camel racing in the Middle East. In past years, thousands of young boys have been trafficked from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mauritania and other countries to work as jockeys in the UAE under excruciating conditions. Produced in part by CBC, it showed on the documentary channel.
Also nominated is the story of Edwin Boyd and his gang, Citizen Gangster (above). A CBC co-production, it's up for Best Feature Film alongside acclaimed director David Cronenberg and his picture A Dangerous Method. Here at CBC Live we've been lucky enough to talk with the stars and directors of both films. Check out the articles below:
We also spoke with some of the stars of A Dangerous Method and the team behind Citizen Gangster at the Genie Awards in March: