65 Redroses

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Directed by Philip Lyall
Nimisha Mukerji
Produced by Philip Lyall
Nimisha Mukerji
John Ritchie
Written by Nettie Wild
Starring Eva Markvoort
Music by Adam Locke-Norton
Cinematography Mike Rae
Edited by Justin Cousineau
Philip Lyall
Nimisha Mukerji
Force Four Entertainment
in association with
CBC Newsworld
Dualogue Productions
Release date
  • October 9, 2009 (2009-10-09) (VIFF)
Running time
70 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

65_RedRoses is a 2009 documentary film about Eva Markvoort, a young woman from New Westminster, British Columbia, who suffered from cystic fibrosis. Directed by Philip Lyall and Nimisha Mukerji, it follows Markvoort as she lives her life undaunted by her disease, waiting for a lung transplant while blogging about her experiences.[2]


The film began when Philip Lyall, a long-time friend of Markvoort, introduced her to his University of British Columbia film school partner Nimisha Mukerji. Lyall and Mukerji had been looking for a post-graduation project and decided to chronicle Markvoort's wait for a double-lung transplant. They named the film 65_Redroses after Eva's online identity, which she had chosen because, according to the Canadian cystic fibrosis community, "sixty-five roses" is how many young children with the disease mispronounce "cystic fibrosis".[3] Eva added 'red' because it was her favourite colour.[4]

When Lyall and Mukerji began shooting, Markvoort's lungs were so clogged doctors said that without a transplant, she would not live to 2009. She was getting ready to visit a pumpkin patch the week before Halloween in 2007, when her pager went off, a signal to call the hospital transplant center. A pair of lungs was available for transplant. This sequence, emotional for both Markvoort and the filmmakers, was instrumental in attracting the attention and backing of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.[4]


65_Redroses premiered at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and won three awards at the Vancouver International Film Festival, including most popular Canadian film and documentary. It debuted on television on CBC's The Passionate Eye series and was acquired by the Public Broadcasting Service for international distribution.[4]

On November 16, 2010, it was announced that 65_Redroses had been acquired by the Oprah Winfrey Network and would premiere in the United States in early 2011.[5]

Hello Cool World[6] is the distributor of the film in Canada.


  1. ^ "Bios & Credits". 65_REDROSES website. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Park, Madison (April 27, 2010). "Death at 25: Blogging the end of a life". CNN Health. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Archived from the original on 29 April 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "About 65 Roses". Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Cauchi, E.D. (November 16, 2009). "Wave of inspiration". Eye Weekly. Toronto. Retrieved 4 April 2010. [permanent dead link]
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  6. ^ "hellocoolworld.com". hellocoolworld.com. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 

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