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Rain/Drizzle/Fog: Film and Television in Atlantic Canada


Edited by Darrell Varga

$34.95 CAD / $39.95 USD

340 pages, 27 illsutrations

6 x 9 inches

978-1-55238-248-6 (Paperback)

978-1-55238-266-0 (Institutional PDF)

Cinemas Off Centre

January 2009

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About the Book

Rain/Drizzle/Fog is the first scholarly study of film and television in Atlantic Canada. With contributors from across the country, the book provides a broad historical overview of film and television in the region, as well as essays on specific topics in contemporary popular television (Trailer Park Boys), early television (Don Messer’s Jubilee), and the work of filmmakers such as Bill MacGillivray, Andrea Dorfman, Thom Fitzgerald, and others. This collection is informed by a critical perspective on prevailing stereotypes of culture in the Atlantic region, as well as by history and political-economy debates on the relationship between Atlantic and central Canada. It is also in large part a response to the continued marginalization of regional film and television within the field of Canadian film studies, which has traditionally been dominated by a critical and artistic canon from central Canada and Quebec. Rain/Drizzle/Fog challenges the prevailing tendency to homogenize the complexity of Canadian cultural production and instead celebrates the regional distinctions that make Atlantic film and television unique.

Darrell Varga is Canada Research Chair in Contemporary Film and Media Studies at NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design), where he teaches courses in film history, documentary film, and Canadian cinema. He has published widely on Canadian cinema and is the co-editor of Working on Screen: Representations of the Working Class in Canadian Cinema.

With Contributions By:  Darrell Varga, Colin Howell, Peter L. Twohig, Pierre V√©ronneau, Shana McGuire, Gregory Canning, Noreen Golfman, Malek Khouri, Jerry White, Jen Vanderburgh, John McCullough, Tracy Y Zhang, Bruce Barber, Andrew Burke, and Sylvia D Hamilton

Praise for Rain/Drizzle/Fog: 

This is an exciting new collection sure to create ripples throughout Canadian film studies… an important new addition to the literature on Canadian screen culture.

– Zo’ Druick, School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

Rain/Drizzle/Fog is fascinating reading for anyone intrigued by the international history of television 

– James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review