Margaret’s Museum


Release Date: 9th May 1997
Director: Mort Ransen
Writer: Gerald Wexler & Mort Ransen
Producer: Steve Clark-Hall, Claudio Luca & Mike Mahoney
Executive Producer: Marilyn A. Belec

Runtime: 1hr 54mins
Language: English & Gaelic

Synopsis

Set in the 1940s in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, it tells the story of a young girl living in a coal mining town where the death of men from accidents in “the pit” (the mines) has become almost routine. Margaret MacNeil has already lost her father and an older brother and for her, life alone would be preferable to marrying a mine worker—that is until the charming Neil Currie shows up. Against the wishes of her hard-bitten mother they marry, but before long financial woes lead to his doing what every other uneducated young man does in the town: take a job underground. His death in the mine drives Margaret to a mental breakdown and in her surreal world she decides to create a “special” museum to the memories of all those who have died as a result of the horrific mining conditions.

Cast

Helena Bonham Carter…as Margaret MacNeil
Clive Russell…as Neil Currie
Craig Olejnik…as Jimmy MacNeil
Kate Nelligan…as Catherine MacNeil
Kenneth Welsh…as Angus MacNeil
Andrea Morris…as Marilyn

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Awards

Won
1996: Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
1997: Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
1997: Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award for Best Actress