Inventing Grace, Touching Glory (2003)

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An interesting document recording early filmmaking in British Columbia. The story is told by pioneer film workers who began their careers in the 1950s/60s, and it progresses until we see ... See full summary »

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3 April 2004 | helensmlady
| i never liked documentarties until i saw this one.
someone spent a lot of time on this. it's obvious. it's a rare work of art.

the film is interesting from beginning to end.

i never liked documentaries until i saw this one.

the way it is photographed is amazing too.

it is something i can watch a few times a year and see something different or understand something different.

what a sad tone to the film, it made me feel bad and i didn't know who many of the people were.

the music is so beautiful.

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Savage Justice (1967) (Sweet and the Bitter 1967) is considered the first feature shot in British Columbia, however during the 1920s and 30s British productions would use the area to film what was called "The Quota Quickie". British Columbia would double for the United Kingdom.

  • (The Quota): A government enforced requirement for British cinemas to show a quota of British produced films for a duration of 10 years. The Act's supporters believed this would promote the emergence of a vertically-integrated film industry in which production, distribution and exhibition infrastructure were controlled by the same companies. The vertically-integrated American film industry of that era saw rapid growth in the years immediately following the end of the First World War. The idea, therefore, was to try and counter Hollywood's perceived economic and cultural dominance by promoting similar business practices among British studios, distributors and cinema chains. By creating an artificial market for British films, it was hoped the increased economic activity in the production sector would eventually lead to the growth of a self-sustaining industry. The quota was initially set at 7.5% for exhibitors, which was raised to 20% in 1935.


Betty Thomas: It was exciting to be part of that because I felt I was part of a family - a family that was starting to build something. We were all traveling in fear and trepidation because we were never sure when the next job would come our way. Literally a year...


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