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The Deception of Livvy Higgs

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The Deception of Livvy Higgs

Creator: Donna Morrissey (Writer)

Nominator: Diane Turbide

Raised in Newfoundland and now living in Nova Scotia, Donna Morrissey has written five well-received novels. This one is narrated in the first person by an elderly woman who struggles to keep her troubled past from intruding into the present. The story, set partly in World War II-era Halifax, slips seamlessly between the past and the present, with the “disturbing intimacy of a séance.” The story has been described as “haunting…in its portrait of two unforgettable women—Livvy and Gen—whose fates are entwined by a violent act.”

 

The Deception of Livvy Higgs was the One Book Nova Scotia selection for 2016. “One Book Nova Scotia is encouraging all Nova Scotians to read Donna Morrissey’s The Deception of Livvy Higgs” – Local Xpress

“Donna Morrissey’s The Deception of Livvy Higgs is a novel that’s both familiar and surprising, and it is an engrossing read” – The National Post

“[A] moving story” – The Globe and Mail

 

Read more about the book here.

 

French.

 

 

Polyphonic Lively

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Polyphonic Lively

Creator: Dinuk Wijeratne (Composer)
Nominator: Christos Hatzis

This 13-minute large ensemble composition was commissioned by Symphony Nova Scotia to open the orchestra’s 2016-17 season. Wijeratne is “masterful in his art,” integrating an array of multicultural influences, and his incorporation of North-Indian tabla chakradhar rhythms is particularly ingenious. The piece was rapturously received by Nova Scotian audiences upon its world premiere, and praised again at the Newfound Music Festival at Memorial University. The Sri-Lankan-born Dinuk Wijeratne lives in Nova Scotia, and is the Creator of three previous Masterworks Finalists.

Polyphonic Lively was the first new composition for Symphony Nova Scotia as RBC Composer in Residence.

A note from Wijeratne: “The nature of ‘Polyphonic Lively’ is character-driven and, through sharp turns and decisive action, its ‘journey’ is simply what the characters make of it.”

Visit Dinuk Wijeratne’s website here.

French.

 

 

Werewolf

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Werewolf

Creators: Ashley McKenzie (Director) and Nelson MacDonald (Producer)
Nominator: Cory Bowles

The fiction feature film Werewolf is about two young methadone addicts in Cape Breton. They push a lawnmower door to door, begging to cut grass for a living. One struggles to escape while the other falls further into ruin. The film is notable for its non-professional cast and stylized visual presentation. Directed by McKenzie and produced by MacDonald as their first-time feature, the film has already won several awards at Canadian film festivals. The Nova Scotian director and producer have previously made several short films together.

Werewolf premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), won three awards at the Atlantic Film Festival, and won the Focus Canada Prize at Festival du nouveau cinema in Montreal. On December 7, 2016, Werewolf was named to TIFF’s annual Canada’s Top 10 list.

“Viewers may find themselves grudgingly admiring the affectless naturalism of the lead performances, and the borderline Bressonian austerity of McKenzie’s storytelling” – Variety

“Werewolf is perhaps most illuminating for its depiction of a seldom-seen side of Canadian life” – Hollywood Reporter

“McKenzie deserves credit for revealing such a troubling facet of her homeland […] she bravely never turns away.” – Hollywood Reporter

 

Watch the trailer here.

 

French.