Margaret Laurence, First Lady of Manawaka

Robert Duncan
1978 | 52 min

This feature documentary is a portrait of one of Canada’s most celebrated authors, Margaret Laurence. Born in a small Prairie town in Manitoba, Laurence remained haunted by the images of this small Presbyterian home town. This film traces her life from the early days and introduces us to her characters, whom we meet through readings from her work by Canadian actress Jayne Eastwood. The film blends fact with fiction to give its audience a strong impression of who this very private person really was.

National Film Board of Canada

Margaret Laurence, First Lady of Manawaka, Robert Duncan, National Film Board of Canada

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