Connections (film)

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Connections: An Investigation into Organized Crime in Canada
Directed by Martyn Burke
Written by Martyn Burke
Country Canada

Connections: An Investigation into Organized Crime in Canada was a two-part television documentary program, created and broadcast by CBC Television in June 1977 and March 1979. It covered the growth of organized crime in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Each part ran for 90 minutes. The series was commissioned by Peter Herrndorf from Bill Macadam of Norfolk Communications,[1] written and directed by Martyn Burke, and research directed and associate produced by James Dubro.

The series was notable for its use of advanced equipment - including high speed film and hidden microphones - and for interviews with criminal leaders.[2]

The show received an honourable mention from the Michener Award in 1977,[3] as well as an Anik Award and ACTRA Award.[citation needed]


  1. ^ The Michener Awards Foundation - Cecil Rosner Fellowship Report
  2. ^ Among other organized crime groups it exposed the activities & personalities of the Mafia, bikers, Asian gangs and corruption by some mobsters of certain politicians. Making Connections - W Rowland - NCJRS Abstract
  3. ^ The Michener Awards Foundation - The 1977 Michener Award Winner[permanent dead link]

Further reading[edit]

  • Rowland, Wade (1979). Making Connections. Gage Pub. ISBN 0-7715-9442-9.
  • Rosner, Cecil (2008). Behind the Headlines: The History of Investigative Journalism in Canada. OUP Canada. ISBN 978-0-19-542733-2.