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dawn, her dad & the tractor

a film by Shelley Thompson

Nova Scotia,  92 mins.

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This film took Canada by storm. It takes place on a dairy farm in Nova Scotia and it’s full of heart and soul and lovely surprises. When a young woman with a startling resemblance to John Andrew’s wife Miranda appears days before her funeral, John Andrew MacGinnis begins an odyssey towards understanding. His son Donald is now Dawn, home to mourn her mother and repair the estrangement with her Dad. 

As Dawn reconnects with her sister Tammy and her fiancé Byron, a new family order begins to emerge.  An ancient tractor becomes a focus for the mechanically-minded Dawn, but John Andrew’s long-simmering resentments about the tractor heighten family tensions.  "Dawn, Her Dad & the Tractor" was one of twelve projects invited to the Meryl Streep/Nicole Kidman Writers Lab and one of ten international scripts invited to Cannes for the Breaking Through The Lens initiative in 2019. An incredible cast in this first feature film for Shelley Thompson.


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