Genre :
Feature Film
Number of Episodes :
1 x 114 min.
Version(s) :
Original English
Synopsis :
Set in the late 1940’s, MARGARET’S MUSEUM takes place in Glace Bay, a small mining community on Cape Breton Island. Perched off the eastern edge of North America, Cape Breton is home to generations of Scotch, Irish and French immigrants who make their living fishing, farming and mining the coal seams which extend out under the surrounding sea.

This is the story of Margaret McNeil (HELENA BONHAM CARTER). Having lost her father and older brother in a mining accident, Margaret’s life revolves around keeping her younger brother from a life of working in the mines, and on taking care of her Grandfather, who is afflicted with Black Lung.

Neil Currie (CLIVE RUSSEL) enters Margaret’s world, bringing romance and hope of escape from the poverty and hardship she has always endured.

MARGARET’S MUSEUM is a chronicle of Margaret’s struggle for a better life, set against the overwhelming realities of a community whose existence is completely dependent on the coal mine.

Based on the writings of renowned Cape Breton author Sheldon Currie, MARGARET’S MUSEUM is directed by Mort Ransen.
Cast :


Helena Bonham Carter, Kate Nelligan, Clive Russel, Craig Olejnik, Andrea Morris, Peter Boretski and Kenneth Welsh

Awards :
Vancouver International Film Festival (Vancouver, Canada, 1995)
• Most Popular Canadian Film Fedex Award

Atlantic Film Festival (Halifax, Canada, 1995)

• People's Choice Award

San Sebastien Film Festival (San Sebastien, Spain, 1995)

1995 Concha de Oro (Golden Shell)

1995 Genie Awards (Toronto, Canada)

• Helena Bonham Carter, Winner of: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
• Kenneth Welsh, Winner of: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
• Kate Nelligan, Winner of: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
• Nicoletta Massone, Winner of: Best Achievement in Costume Design
• Milan Kymlicka, Winner of: Best Achievement in Music/Original Score
• Mort Ransen, Gerry Wexler, Winner of: Best Achievement in Screenwriting
• Nomination Best Motion Picture Claudio Luca, Mort Ransen, Steve Clark-Hall, Chris Zimmer, Producers
• Nomination Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Clive Russel
• Nomination Best Achievement in Direction Mort Ransen
• Nomination Best Achievement in Cinematography Vic Sarin
• Nomination Best Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design David McHenry, William Fleming