Home for Christmas

(50 minutes, 16mm, 1978)

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"Here is the quintessential Hancox 'personal documentary,' a film in which both the production and role of traditional documentary and autobiographical filmmaking are thrown into question. Using his camera to record a visit out east by train to spend Christmas with the family, Hancox .... used his familiarization with the annual ritual as a form of a script... Although we see the journey through the subjective judgment of Hancox’s eyes, it is his intent to transfer the material from original event to camera, to editing, and finally to the audience, so that the personal content of the film... becomes universal.” Michael Wade, Ontario Film Studies, Cinema Parallel

“It is the honesty of portrayal which is staggering, for instead of an idyllic image which many filmmakers present of themselves, Hancox presents (and thus, sees) himself without cinematic make-up... with ‘wild sync’ sound (reminiscent of an early film), and with the use of only available natural light.” Richard Stanford

Home for Christmas is a unique exploration of the Canadian mythos—winter, trains, booze, the family and solitude. In penetrating the essence of the mythical, Hancox has combined the home movie with the technological epic, to achieve a profound filmic archaeology of the warmth of Northern existence, in the Pierre Perrault sense, that if you are cold in this country, you must be a tourist.” Michael Dorland

“The most hotly debated of all the personal films shown at the Grierson.” Ontario Film Association Newsletter

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Reviews, Articles, Text & Notes:

Dear Rick Letter

Home For Christmas by Rick Hancox, August 18, 1978 Autobiography: Film/Video/Photography ed. John Stuart Katz (Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1978)

Application for Home for Chrismas Grant

Final Report to the Canada Council on Home for Christmas

Thoughts on: Alternate Film: Rick Hancox’s Home for Christmas, Budworks, Island Memories by Neal Livingston, January 8, 1979

Application for Canada Council Grant

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