Shania: A Life in Eight Albums
|Shania: A Life in Eight Albums|
|Directed by||Jerry Ciccoritti|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Original release||November 7, 2005 (TV)
April 24, 2007 (DVD)
Shania: A Life in Eight Albums is a Canadian television movie, which premiered on CBC Television at 8pm on November 7, 2005. It is a biopic of Canadian country star Shania Twain, that was originally scheduled to air in October, but was delayed by the CBC labour dispute. The film was divided into eight chapters, each defined by its own colour code, style and symbolic album cover title.
Production and release
The role of Shania was shared between eight-year-old Reva Timbers, teen Shenae Grimes, and Meredith Henderson who plays Twain as an adult. They worked out shared mannerisms to improve continuity and all did their own singing. The film also stars Megan Follows and Eric Schweig as Twain's parents, and Gordon Tootoosis as her grandfather.
Filming started on September 20, 2004 and mainly occurred in Sudbury. Additional filming was done in Huntsville, Timmins and Toronto. The film contained only brief footage of Timmins even though Twain grew up there. In 2004, Timmins mayor Vic Power publicly criticized the filmmakers for not producing the film in Timmins, calling it a "horrible miscarriage of justice". Nevertheless, the director was successful in recruiting cousins of Twain as extras, and more importantly he secured High Park House, where Twain lived with John Kim Bell, as a filming location. In a random case of good fortune, the current owner of the house provided the crew with a guitar Shania had left behind. Meredith Henderson played it in the film.
The film was not authorized by Twain and made without her participation. The film ends with a disclaimer stating so. Because of Twain's lack of participation, the producers were not allowed to use any of her songs, and thus relied on early bootlegs of Twain singing public domain songs.
The film was released on DVD on April 24, 2007.
- Meredith Henderson ... Eilleen Shania Twain
- Shenae Grimes ... Eilleen 13-16 yrs.
- Reva Timbers ... Eilleen 8-11 yrs.
- Megan Follows ... Sharon Twain
- Eric Schweig ... Jerry Twain
- Lynne Cormack ... Mary Baily
- Darrell Dennis ... John Kim Bell
- Gordon Tootoosis ... Greey Twain
- Katie Boland ... Jill, 13-24 yrs.
- Caroline Sura ... Carrie Anne 10-13 yrs.
- Courtenay Betts ... Carrie Anne, 16-21 yrs.
- Adam Cabral ... Mark, 5-8 yrs.
- Devon Bostick ... Mark, 14 yrs.
- Aydan James Taylor ... Darryl, 5-7 yrs
- Chevez Ezaneh ... Darryl, 8-13 yrs.
- Tracey Toulouse ... Audrey
- Diego Klattenhoff ... Paul
- Christopher Ralph ... Mike
- Grant Aldridge ... David
- Michael Carabine ... Rick
- David Dymond ... Mike
The film was nominated for two Gemini Awards in 2006. Megan Follows was nominated in the category "Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series". The film was also nominated in the category "Best Sound in a Dramatic Program". It also won the DGC Craft Award for "Outstanding Sound Editing - Television Movie/Mini-Series" that same year.
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