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    Susan Coyne on 'The Man Who Invented Christmas'

    Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks with Gemini Award-winning screenwriter and actress Susan Coyne about her new film, "The Man Who Invented Christmas"

    WHO: Susan Coyne

    WHAT: The Man Who Invented Christmas

    WHERE: In North American Cinemas

    WHEN: Beginning Friday November 24th




    The Man Who Invented Christmas tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer
    Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.


    Susan is renowned as the co-creator and co-writer of the internationally acclaimed miniseries “Slings and Arrows,” for which she won three Gemini Awards and three Writers Guild of Canada awards. “Slings and Arrows” also had a second run in the U.S. on the Sundance Channel, where it was a critical and audience favourite. A Brazilian adaptation, “Som e Fúria,” was nominated for an international Emmy. Coyne is currently working as a supervising producer on the fourth season of Amazon Studios’ Golden Globe-winning series “Mozart in the Jungle.” Coyne has three series in development in Canada that she will write and executive produce. She also wrote two of the three “Anne of Green Gables” telefilms produced by Breakthrough and YTV. The first, which stars Ella Ballantine, Sara Botsford and Martin Sheen, was acquired by PBS. For the stage, Coyne has adapted plays by Chekhov (“Three Sisters” and “Platonov”) and Turgenev (“A Month in the Country”). She also has enjoyed a distinguished career as an actress, having recently appeared in Will Eno’s “The Realistic Joneses,” directed by Richard Rose, at the Tarragon Theatre.


    In honour of the theatrical release of The Man Who Invented Christmas on Friday November 24th, Elevation Pictures is excited to partner with the Toronto Reference Library to bring a new Charles Dickens exhibit to Toronto. Charles Dickens: The Man Who Invented Christmas is an exhibition, inspired by the film, of original artifacts from a private Toronto collector. The exhibit includes a fragment of an original Dickens manuscript, personal letters and a facsimile of the only known calling card to exist. 

    The exhibition is free of charge to the public and runs until Sunday, December 3rd. 


    Senior ArtsEditor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the Jazz FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.

    To get in touch with Mark it’s mwigmore@jazz.fm

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