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Director  Thom Fitzgerald
Budget  1.5 million CAD
Duration  
Language  English
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Romance
Music director  John Roby
Writer  Thom Fitzgerald
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Release date  1997
Initial release  September 5, 1997 (Canada)
Cast  Ian Parsons (Teen Sweet William), Peter MacNeill (Whiskey Mac), Chris Leavins (William), Kerry Fox (Rosemary), Joel S. Keller (Fletcher), Seana McKenna (Iris)


Similar  Sugar (2004 film), Ethan Mao, Exotica (film)

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The Hanging Garden is a 1997 British/Canadian movie written and directed by Thom Fitzgerald that is about the duality of life and death and the way seemingly very different choices in life can lead to similar outcomes. The film was shot in Nova Scotia.

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Plot

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25-year-old Sweet William (Chris Leavins) returns to his parents' house in rural Nova Scotia after ten years of absence to attend the wedding of his sister Rosemary (Kerry Fox). It is revealed that he is gay and in the closet. He was obese teenager (played by Troy Veinotte), who was caught having sex with his closeted bisexual friend Fletcher (Joel Keller) in the garden by his senile grandmother Grace when he was 15; Rosemary is marrying Fletcher.

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As a consequence of the ensuing rejection, particularly by his alcoholic father (Peter MacNeill), Sweet William had the choice of either running away to live in a big city far away from the family or end his life by hanging himself from a tree in the garden.

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In the movie, both the alive, now slender and self-assured Sweet William and the obese, suffocated teenage Sweet William, hanging as a fresh corpse in the garden, are present and interacting. In the version of reality where Sweet William dies, his family members cannot shed their memories of his death and carry on with their lives, whereas in the other version Sweet William is haunted by memories of his father's bouts of violence and is unable to reconcile with him.

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As well, a new family member, Violet (Christine Dunsworth) is subsequently revealed to have been fathered by Sweet William, from an incident when Sweet William's mother (Seana McKenna) took him to a prostitute in an attempt to "cure" his homosexuality.

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The cast also includes Sarah Polley, Joan Orenstein, Heather Rankin and a cameo appearance by Ashley MacIsaac.

Cast

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  • Chris Leavins as Sweet William
  • Troy Veinotte as Young, obese Sweet William
  • Kerry Fox as Rosemary, Sweet William's sister
  • Sarah Polley as Teenage Rosemary
  • Joel Keller as Fletcher, Sweet William's bisexual friend
  • Peter MacNeill as Sweet William's alcoholic father
  • Seana McKenna as Sweet William's mother
  • Christine Dunsworth as Violet, Sweet William's daughter
  • Joan Orenstein
  • Heather Rankin
  • Ashley MacIsaac cameo appearance as Basil, the wedding musician
  • Awards


  • Genie Award (win) - Thom Fitzgerald, Best Screenplay, The Hanging Garden
  • Genie Award (win) - Seana McKenna, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, The Hanging Garden
  • Genie Award (win) - Peter MacNeill, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Hanging Garden
  • Genie Award (nom) - T. Fitzgerald, L. Garfield, A. Gelbart, Best Motion Picture, The Hanging Garden
  • Genie Award (nom) - Joan Orenstein, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, The Hanging Garden
  • Genie Award (nom) - Kerry Fox, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, The Hanging Garden
  • Genie Award (nom) - Thom Fitzgerald, Best Achievement in Direction, The Hanging Garden
  • Genie Award (nom) - James A. Worthen, Best Achievement in Costume Design, The Hanging Garden
  • Genie Award (nom) - Taavo Soodor, Darlene Shiels, Best Achievement in Art Direction, The Hanging Garden
  • Genie Award (nom) - Susan Shanks, Best Achievement in Film Editing, The Hanging Garden
  • Genie Award (nom) - Peter Harper, Phillipe Espantoso, George Hannan, Best Sound, The Hanging Garden
  • Claude Jutra Award - Thom Fitzgerald, The Hanging Garden
  • Atlantic Film Festival, Audience Award (win) - Thom Fitzgerald, Best Film, The Hanging Garden
  • Atlantic Film Festival, Canadian Award (win) - Thom Fitzgerald, Best Canadian Film, The Hanging Garden
  • Atlantic Film Festival, Atlantic Canadian Award (win) - Joan Orenstein, Best Actress, The Hanging Garden
  • Atlantic Film Festival, Atlantic Canadian Award (win) - Troy Vienotte, Best Actor, The Hanging Garden
  • Atlantic Film Festival, Atlantic Canadian Award (win) - Thom Fitzgerald, Best Writing, The Hanging Garden
  • Atlantic Film Festival, Atlantic Canadian Award (win) - Thom Fitzgerald, Best Direction, The Hanging Garden
  • Atlantic Film Festival, Best Atlantic Film Award (win) - Thom Fitzgerald, The Hanging Garden
  • Troia International Film Festival, FIPRESCI Prize - Thom Fitzgerald, The Hanging Garden
  • Troia International Film Festival, Prize of the City of Grandola - Thom Fitzgerald, The Hanging Garden
  • GLAAD Media Awards (nom) - Outstanding Film (Limited Release), The Hanging Garden
  • Mar del Plata Film Festival Best Screenplay - Thom Fitzgerald, The Hanging Garden
  • Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award - Thom Fitzgerald, The Hanging Garden
  • Toronto International Film Festival Best Canadian Feature Film - Thom Fitzgerald, The Hanging Garden
  • Vancouver International Film Festival Most Popular Canadian Film - Thom Fitzgerald, The Hanging Garden
  • Vancouver International Film Festival Best Canadian Screenplay - Thom Fitzgerald, The Hanging Garden
  • Sudbury Cinefest Best Canadian Film Award - Thom Fitzgerald, The Hanging Garden
  • Soundtrack

    A soundtrack album was released in 1997 on Virgin Music Canada.

    1. Ani DiFranco, "The Million You Never Made"
    2. Ashley MacIsaac, "Ashley's Reels"
    3. Mae Moore, "Deep Water"
    4. Spirit of the West, "Kiss and Tell"
    5. Jane Siberry, "When Spring Comes"
    6. Holly Cole, "Petals in a Stream"
    7. The Rankin Family, "Sir James Baird"
    8. Meryn Cadell and Mary Margaret O'Hara, "Wash Down"
    9. Mary Jane Lamond, "Ba Ba Mo Leanabh"
    10. Lori Yates, "The Future is Here"
    11. Deb Montgomery, "The Tale"
    12. Aether, "Half Light"
    13. Laurel MacDonald, "Oran na h'eala"
    14. John Roby, "Theme from The Hanging Garden"
    15. Leahy, "Colm Quigley"
    16. Wyrd Sisters, "If it Ain't Here"

    References

    The Hanging Garden (film) Wikipedia
    The Hanging Garden (film) IMDb The Hanging Garden (film) themoviedb.org


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