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Catalogue Number:  NFB526190
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Charlie Doucette, Kent Martin
Directors:  Mike Mahoney, Meredith Ralston
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Ralston Productions Ltd.
Subject:  Arts, Biography, Canadian Literature, Canadian Politics, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, Literature, Politics, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1999
Running Time:  50m 14s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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Theatre reviewers have said of Wendy Lill that she 'plunges deeply into the mysteries of the human heart.' Winner of many awards, including a Gemini, and twice short-listed for a Governor-General's Literary Award for Drama, playwright Wendy Lill has written poignantly about suffering, hypocrisy, abuse of power and the human conscience. Just the sort of thing to scare away most politicians. But when she decides to run for Parliament in 1997, Wendy's ambition is simply to 'make a difference.' Politics, however, is a drama for which she is not always prepared. Wendy Lill: Playwright in Parliament chronicles her introduction to Parliament Hill, from election to the end of her first year in office as rookie MP for Dartmouth and NDP cultural and disability critic. Juggling public office, writing a play and maintaining family commitments are complications she can't always re-write.

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