After the Axe

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After the Axe
Film poster
Directed by Sturla Gunnarsson
Produced by Sturla Gunnarsson
Arthur Hammond
Steve Lucas
Written by Steve Lucas
Narrated by Roger Mattiussi
Cinematography Andreas Poulsson
Edited by Roger Mattiussi
Release date
  • 1982 (1982)
Country Canada
Language English

After the Axe is a 1982 Canadian drama film about executive firings, directed by Sturla Gunnarsson, nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[1] The film explores the experiences of managers getting fired and the emergence of a new industry specialized in handling such terminations. Despite its Oscar nomination in the documentary category, After the Axe is closer to a docufiction film, made with the cooperation of members of the Canadian business community, which provided locations and helped script scenes during filming. The film's protagonist, D.R. "Biff" Wilson, is a composite character based on the filmmakers' conversations with fired executives, while the other Canadian executives play themselves.[2]


Wilson, a senior marketing executive, is laid off from a food company after fifteen years of good service. Losing his status and security, he is relegated to the role of dependent house husband, resented by his children and shunned by former colleagues.[3]


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  1. ^ "NY Times: After the Axe". NY Times. Retrieved 16 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "After the Axe". National Film Board of Canada website. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "After the Axe". Canadian Film Encyclopedia. Toronto International Film Festival. Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2012. 

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