DirectorMort Ransen Music directorMilan Kymlicka LanguageEnglish
WriterSheldon Currie, Gerald Wexler, Mort Ransen Release dateSeptember 13, 1995 ScreenplayMort Ransen, Gerald Wexler CastHelena Bonham Carter (Margaret MacNeil), Clive Russell (Neil Currie), Craig Olejnik (Jimmy MacNeil), Kate Nelligan (Catherine MacNeil), Kenneth Welsh (Angus MacNeil), Andrea Morris (Marilyn) Similar moviesCrimson Peak, Salt, Bimblebox, Paint Your Wagon, Coal Miner's Daughter, Shall We Dance?
TaglineShe found a way to preserve her memories forever.
Margaret s museum part 1
In a small mining town in 1940s Nova Scotia, Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) grows to despise the mines after her brother and dad die working there. She then meets Neil (Clive Russell), a bagpipe player whos just as put off by the hard work of rural living as she is. Though her mother disapproves, Margaret and Neil get married, and Neil promises to find work outside of the mines. This proves impossible, though, and Neil is forced to work with the rest of the towns men, with tragic results.
Margarets Museum is a critically acclaimed 1995 British-Canadian dark film drama, directed by Mort Ransen and based on Sheldon Curries novel The Glace Bay Miners Museum.
In a town where half the men die down the coalpit, Margaret MacNeil is quite happy being single in her small Cape Breton island town. Until she meets Neil Currie, a charming and sincere bagpipe-playing, Gaelic-speaking dishwasher. But no matter what you do, you can't avoid the spectre of the pit forever.
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 (Helena Bonham Carter) 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 (Clive Russell) shows up. Against the wishes of her hard-bitten mother (Kate Nelligan) 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, along with her younger brother, 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.