Though Book of Negroes sounds like a tale about slavery, for actor Lyriq Bent the bestselling novel by Lawrence Hill is an incredible love story. Bent stars as Chekura, love interest of Aminata, played by Aunjanue Ellis, who is captured as a child in her African homeland and sold into slavery in South Carolina.
Arts & Life editor Andrea Nemetz spoke to Lou Gossett Jr. on the set of the epic CBC miniseries in Shelburne, NS in May 2014. The iconic actor, who starred in ground-breaking mini-series Roots, says Lawrence Hill’s story aids in effort to fight racism.
Nervous would be underestimating Chris Gascoyne’s state of mind before his first appearance on Coronation Street.
“It was a one-hour live episode for the show’s 40th anniversary,” reports the actor, best known for playing Peter Barlow on the hit U.K. soap on and off since 2000.
The decision of Capt. Robin Walbridge to sail the Bounty into the path of hurricane Sandy in October 2012 defies common sense, says Geoff D’Eon. And the more the Halifax filmmaker dug into the story with the tragic deaths of Walbridge and crew member Claudene Christian and the loss of the beautiful boat, the more shocking he found the captain’s decision.
Some kids dream of being an astronaut, an Olympic athlete or a movie star. More than 40 years ago, young Andrew Cochran dreamed of joining CBC. And now he’s helping the national broadcaster better position itself in a new media universe.
Alison MacLeod speaks with a soft English accent. She lives in Brighton, England, where she teaches contemporary fiction at the University of Chichester in West Sussex. But in her heart, she’s still a Nova Scotian. The author, who grew up in Halifax, was longlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Unexploded, her tale of a family on the south coast of England in 1940 living in fear of a German invasion.
Canada’s north is an amazing place says John Reardon, who plays a hotshot bush pilot on the CBC-TV series Arctic Air, about a northern airline. The series is shot in Vancouver, where Halifax native Reardon now lives, and on location in Yellowknife.
Is sporting a fake Canada Goose jacket or a faux Chanel handbag a crime of fashion or an actual crime? Counterfeit Culture, a documentary written and directed by Geoff D’Eon and produced by Edward Peill of Tell Tale Productions aims to make people think about the proliferation of phony products — and not just designer sunglasses, sneakers and jeans.
KEN BARLOW has had 24 girlfriends and three wives, but William Roache, the actor who plays him, may have had 1,000 conquests. The Coronation Street icon, who has been with the show since it debuted in 1960, delighted a packed audience at Casino Nova Scotia’s Schooner Room on Friday night with brilliant storytelling and natural charm despite a nasty cough he picked up on his cross-Canada tour.