- Margaret's Museum
Margaret's Museum Directed by Mort Ransen Produced by Marilyn A. Belec Written by Sheldon Currie (story)
Gerald Wexler & Mort Ransen (screenplay)
Starring Helena Bonham Carter
Music by Milan Kymlicka Cinematography Vic Sarin Editing by Rita Roy Distributed by Astra Cinema Release date(s) September 13, 1995 Running time 114 min. Country UK
Language English, Gaelic
Set in the 1940s in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, it tells the story of a young girl living in a coal mining town where the death of men from accidents in "the pit" (the mines) has become almost routine. Margaret MacNeil (Helena Bonham Carter) has already lost her father and an older brother and for her, life alone would be prefereable to marrying a mine worker — that is until the charming Neil Currie (Clive Russell) shows up. Against the wishes of her hard-bitten mother (Kate Nelligan) they marry, but before long financial woes lead to his doing what every other uneducated young man does in the town: take a job underground. His death in the mine drives Margaret to a mental breakdown and in her surreal world she decides to create a "special" museum to the memories of all those who have died as a result of the horrific mining conditions. The advent of the film inspired the organization PAMAUG, which strongly advocates the usage of means other than manual labor to extract coal from mines.
Part of Margaret's Museum was filmed in the UK. It carried significance in the local area of Newtongrange, Scotland as the screen debut of local TV celebrity David MacBeath, who appeared as an extra in the film.
Tagline: She found a way to preserve her memories forever.
- Helena Bonham Carter: Margaret MacNeil
- Clive Russell: Neil Currie
- Craig Olejnik: Jimmy MacNeil
- Kate Nelligan: Catherine MacNeil
- Kenneth Welsh: Angus MacNeil
- Andrea Morris: Marilyn
- Steven Murray: Mute Doctor #7 — 'The one with the forearms'
Awards and Nominations
Year Ceremony Recipient Category Result 1995 San Sebastián International Film Festival Best Film Won Vancouver International Film Festival Most Popular Canadian Film Won 1998 Chlotrudis Awards Helena Bonham Carter Best Actress Won Fantasporto Awards Best Actress Won 1996 Genie Awards Best Motion Picture Nominated Mort Ransen Best Achievement in Direction Nominated Clive Russell Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominated Helena Bonham Carter Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Won Kenneth Welsh Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Won Kate Nelligan Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Won Nicoletta Massone Best Achievement in Costume Design Won William Fleming
Best Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design Nominated Vic Sarin Best Achievement in Cinematography Nominated Milan Kymlicka Best Achievement in Music – Original Score Won Mort Ransen
Best Screenplay Won
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