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Sally Hawkins as Maud Lewis. Courtesy of Mongrel Media
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DIGBY, NS – A weekend event will be held at the King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal from May 26-28 for 'Maudie,' a movie celebrating Maud Lewis' life and art.
Andi Rierden handles bookings for the Kings Theatre Society, which is a member of the Toronto International Film Festival film circuit.
She said the society has been tracking this movie for two years, and has known from day one it needed to be shown here. Having access to it through their TIFF membership, they booked a time and made it happen.
“We’ve ben really eager to bring it to the theatre,” she said.
Not only will be shown at the theatre, the showing has been made into a weekend event.
“This was absolutely imperative that we bring this film in and create a community event for this. It has two major stars in it – Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins – and you could not have cast a better Maud Lewis,” she said.
The event will include a Friday night screening and another Sunday afternoon, both with discussions afterwards on the movie.
The society has partnered with Annapolis Royal gallery Arts Place, and will host a full-length forum-style discussion Saturday afternoon featuring curators from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, where the Maud Lewis house is exhibited.
The event will also include Ken Maher who played Everett, Maud’s husband, in a CBC production on Lewis, and his perspective on Everett’s character, which can sometimes draw mixed criticism, said Rierden.
“We’re excited to meet all the people who come out for it. Shes touched people at all levels – people who’ve bought her art, ppl who’ve tried to emulate it, and ppl interested in her story,” she said.
The film is a Canadian Irish production produced by Mongrel Media and has already received Oscar buzz, according to Rierden, for good reason.
"These are difficult roles to take on, and the actors have done a beautiful job of representing these people," she said.
“Maud Lewis’ paintings have depicted this area of Nova Scotia so well. When you see her cats or her houses or flowers or wallpapers, you automatically come home to where we are now,” she said.
Rierden looks forward to the discussion this event will generate for the much-loved painter.
“She was just a lovely human being who overcame obstacles. It’s wonderful she’s being honoured this way,” she said.