Films: Conflict and Settlement (M. Brault, 1967) and Canada is my Piano (G. Dunning, 1967)
Thursday, November 2
6:00 PM–6:15 PM
Introduced by Craig Moyes
Conflit, Dir. Michel Brault
1967, 35mm digital transfer and two screen installation, 5:15 mins
To view this second of five films in the Canada Pavilion’s Carousel Theatre, spectators sat on a rotating turntable surrounded by five theatre chambers, each of which offered different moments in the “The Growth of Canada/Notre croissance.” Directed by key Quebec filmmaker, Michel Brault, this two-screen installation depicts settler colonial conflicts between French and English soldiers, as indigenous children and adults bear witness to the violence of these everyday encounters.
Canada is My Piano, Dir. George Dunning, Bill Sewell and Alan Ball
1967, 35mm digital transfer and three screen reconstruction, 4:30 mins
Screened with three interlocking projectors in the Carousel Theatre’s third chamber at Expo67, this triple-screen animation on the subject of Canadian Confederation was made by legendary British director, George Dunning (who produced the landmark Beatles’ film Yellow Submarine), with Bill Sewell and Alan Ball. It presents the heritage of Canada’s English, Scottish and French colonial settlers, but notably excludes any Indigenous participation in the formation of the nation. Each identity is enacted through an upright piano engaged in a discordant, duelling cacophony.
Director, CQFCS; Senior Lecturer, King's College London
Centre for Quebec & French-Canadian Studies (IMLR, London University), King’s College London, UK