Guy Maddin named to the Order of Manitoba

Congratulations to Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg), who is one of twelve people named to the Order of Manitoba in 2009.

The bio / citation from the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba's office reads:

'A world-renowned screenwriter and director of both feature and short films who has stayed fiercely true to his roots; filtering his experiences as a Manitoban through his own creative lense. His first feature film, Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1988) gained him international attention. He has showcased the talents of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002) which won an international Emmy and gave Isabella Rossellini beer-filled 'gams' in The Saddest Music in the World (2003). Throughout, his films have remained as innovative as they are inspirational. Recently, his homage to his hometown, My Winnipeg (2007) garnered awards and accolades and brought acclaim to Manitoba. In 2007, he became the first artist-curator of the UCLA Film Archives.'

Now in its tenth year, the Order of Manitoba is the province's highest honour. It recognizes 'individuals who have demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field of endeavour, benefiting in an outstanding manner the social, cultural or economic well-being of Manitoba and its residents.'

Read the announcement in the Winnipeg Free Press here.

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