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Inventing Grace, Touching Glory (2003)

An interesting document recording early filmmaking in British Columbia. The story is told by pioneer film workers who began their careers in the 1950s/60s, and it progresses until we see ... See full summary »


Brent Madarasz


Brent Madarasz




Credited cast:
Tom Adair Tom Adair ... Himself
Stuart Aikins Stuart Aikins
Robert Altman ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Dean Anderson ... Himself (archive footage)
John S. Bartley John S. Bartley
Warren Beatty ... Himself (archive footage)
Hagan Beggs Hagan Beggs
Alec Besky Alec Besky ... Himself
Michael S. Bolton Michael S. Bolton
Phillip Borsos Phillip Borsos ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Bowe Bob Bowe
Tom Braidwood
Dillard Brinson Dillard Brinson ... Himself
Paul Bronfman ... Himself (archive footage)
George H. Brown George H. Brown ... Himself (archive footage)


An interesting document recording early filmmaking in British Columbia. The story is told by pioneer film workers who began their careers in the 1950s/60s, and it progresses until we see what the film industry is like in 2003. A worthwhile journey to witness how the business has changed over the decades. Original B/W footage of Oliver Reed and Rita Tushingham filming The Trap (1966) on Bowen Island. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

10 October 2003 (Canada) See more »

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The History Film See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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CAD 98,000 (estimated)
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Savage Justice (1967) (Sweet and the Bitter 1967) is considered the first feature shot in British Columbia, however during the 1920s and 30s British productions would use the area to film what was called "The Quota Quickie". British Columbia would double for the United Kingdom.
  • (The Quota): A government enforced requirement for British cinemas to show a quota of British produced films for a duration of 10 years. The Act's supporters believed this would promote the emergence of a vertically-integrated film industry in which production, distribution and exhibition infrastructure were controlled by the same companies. The vertically-integrated American film industry of that era saw rapid growth in the years immediately following the end of the First World War. The idea, therefore, was to try and counter Hollywood's perceived economic and cultural dominance by promoting similar business practices among British studios, distributors and cinema chains. By creating an artificial market for British films, it was hoped the increased economic activity in the production sector would eventually lead to the growth of a self-sustaining industry. The quota was initially set at 7.5% for exhibitors, which was raised to 20% in 1935.
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Chow, James H.: When I got involved in the business during the 1960s you sat on the sideline for a long time until someone let you in the door. It was the proving ground. Nowadays it seems like there's a formula to get in and the kids just play it like a game.
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Well Done Doc.
2 October 2003 | by JAlbrecktSee all my reviews

A well done documentary with a touching tone. I can't really recommend this film for the average person because the subject matter is too 'inside'. Though masterfully put together, the story is very specific and meant for people who were or are part of the film industry. But hey, if you have nothing better to do this film is a real education to the film business.

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