Sept. 13, 2006
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A New Brunswick-produced miniseries celebrating a great moment in Canadian sports history has received four Gemini Award nominations.
Canada Russia '72, which first aired on CBC last April, was nominated in the following categories: Best Direction in a Dramatic Program or Mini-series; Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series; Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-series; and Best Achievement in Casting.
"I am certainly proud to see a New Brunswick success story such as the Canada Russia '72 miniseries recognized for these prestigious awards," said Business New Brunswick Minister Kirk MacDonald. "We were very proud to invest in this production through New Brunswick Film, and I want to congratulate all those who worked tirelessly to make it such a resounding success."
The two-part miniseries tells the story of the historic 1972 eight-game Summit Series between Canada and Russia. Team Canada staged one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, winning the final three games of the series on Russian ice.
"Recreating this iconic Canadian story with several different hockey arenas, including the Montreal Forum and Maple Leaf Gardens, was a massive undertaking," said miniseries producer Rick LeGuerrier who, with partner Timothy M. Hogan, owns Dream Street Pictures of Moncton. "We are so proud of the four Gemini nominations, and we couldn't have made this production without the tremendous support of New Brunswick Film."
New Brunswick Film provided $250,000 toward the $7.7-million project, which was shot on location in Saint John and Fredericton, employing crew and some cast members from around the province.
The 21st Gemini Awards will be presented from the River Rock Casino Resort in British Columbia on Nov. 4. Viewers can tune in to a re-broadcast of Canada-Russia '72 on CBC television at 8 p.m. Sept. 27-28.
New Brunswick Film is a business unit of Business New Brunswick, with the mandate to promote and support a vibrant film and television industry in the province. For more information, visit the New Brunswick film website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Donaghy, communications, Business New Brunswick, 506-453-2694; Rick LeGuerrier, producer, Dream Street Pictures Inc., 506-854-1057.