Booky's Crush

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Booky's Crush
Directed by Peter Moss
Produced by Armand Leo
Phyllis Platt
Written by Bernice Thurman Hunter (Novels)
Tracey Forbes (Screenplay)
Starring Rachel Marcus
Megan Follows
Stuart Hughes
Dylan Everett
Sarah White
Music by Robert Carli
Cinematography Norayr Kasper
Editing by Diane Brunjes
Production company Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Platt Productions
Shaftesbury Films
Country Canada
Language English
Original channel CBC
Release date February 15, 2009 (2009-02-15)
Running time 89 minutes

Booky's Crush is a 2009 Canadian made for TV drama film directed by Peter Moss. The screenplay was written by Tracey Forbes and based upon the Bernice Thurman Hunter novels That Scatterbrain Booky, With Love From Booky, and As Ever, Booky.[1][2][3]

Background[edit]

First announced in 2008, Booky's Crush is the third in a series of made-for-TV films about Beatrice 'Booky' Thomson, a little girl growing up in Toronto during the depression era.[4][5] Her parents are played by real-life husband and wife Megan Follows and Stuart Hughes.[1][6]

The first in this series covered a timeframe when Booky was a teenager. Booky Makes Her Mark (2006) starred Tatiana Maslany as Booky at 15 years old. The subsequent films in the series, both Booky and the Secret Santa (2007) and Booky's Crush (2009), were set in an earlier timeframe, with Rachel Marcus starring as Booky at 11 years old.[7]

Plot[edit]

The Thomsons are a working class family living in Toronto during the Great Depression. Parents, Thomas Thomson (Stuart Hughes) and Francie Thomson (Megan Follows) struggle to provide for their children, Willa (Sarah White), Arthur (Dylan Everett), Beatrice (nicknamed Booky) (Rachel Marcus) and Jakey (Noah Ryan Scott).

11-year-old Beatrice 'Booky' Thomson is showing her strength in reading and spelling, and has been asked to tutor Georgie Dunlop (Connor Price), an older sixth grader. This thrills Booky, as she has a crush on Georgie and hopes he will ask her to a school dance. But after Georgie gives her a strange gift, she begins to re-evaluate her feelings toward him.

Booky's older sister Willa Thomson, has a part time job as a librarian. While at work, Willa meets and is attracted to Russell (Marc Bendavid), a medical student. With her senior year in high school beginning, and even though she knows her family cannot afford it, Willa gives thought toward attending medical school after she graduates.

Arthur has an artistic aptitude, and though his parents are supportive of his dreams, his father encourages him to consider a more stable profession, which places a strain on their father-son relationship.

Booky goes to the dance with Georgie. He turns up late and surprises her. He kisses her and that's all she talks about.

Cast[edit]

Recognition[edit]

Maria Kubacki, of the Calgary Sun notes that modern audiences can relate to the hardships faced in the 30's when she writes "Booky's Crush might have been conceived as a nostalgia piece far removed from modern reality but given the current economic meltdown, CBC's Depression-era family drama suddenly seems strangely relevant."[1]

Accolades[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kubacki, Maria (February 14, 2009). "The book on Booky's Crush". Calgary Sun (Canwest News Service). Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Macdonald, Greg (February 13, 2009). "Child actor has Crush on television series". Metroland Media Group. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Kubacki, Maria (February 11, 2009). "Booky's back: Depression-era tween learns to deal with (ugh) boys". Vancouver Sun (Canwest News Service). Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  4. ^ Weisman, Jon (October 4, 2009). "Starz checks out 'Booky'". Variety. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Poulton, Terry (April 25, 2008). "Citytv orders more Murdoch Mysteries". Media in Canada. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  6. ^ Harris, Bill (February 15, 2009). "It's a role, period". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  7. ^ Poulton, Terry (April 23, 2008). "Citytv orders more Murdoch". Playback (Media in Canada). Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  8. ^ "2009 DGC Awards Nominees". Directors Guild of Canada. p. 3. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c d Frenette, Brad (August 25, 2009). "Flashpoint sets record as nominees announced for 24th annual Gemini Awards". National Post. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "24th Gemini Nominees". Gemini Awards. p. 28. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "24th Gemini Nominees". Gemini Awards. p. 30. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "24th Gemini Nominees". Gemini Awards. p. 21. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 

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