Reunion in Dunnville

(15 minutes, 16mm, 1981)

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This film started out as a community project involving my students at Sheridan College. On one level, it documents a remarkable reunion of people from as far away as Australia and New Zealand who converge on a small town in rural Ontario, where 2,436 Allied pilots received their training during World War II. A subtext emerges in the dialectic between our own newsreel footage of the event in 1979, and home movies shot by the veterans, including reunions at the base before it became a giant turkey farm. This allows for some revealing interruptions of conventional documentary codification, and serves as a reminder of the complex nature of film, time, and memory. (RH)

"Working with material from several sources posed special problems ... but Hancox has met the challenge with skill and imagination. The result is an interesting film in which both the filmmaker and the veterans can take justifiable pride." Hamilton Spectator

"... certainly animated characters. Footage... from a 1956 reunion is first-rate, sidesplitting slapstick. This soars above a home movie and does a three-point landing." Ontario Film Association Newsletter

Awards: Golden Sheaf Nomination, Yorkton Film Festival

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Reviews, Articles, Text & Notes:

Reunion in Dunnville voice-over script

Sheridan Teacher Rick Hancox Films Moving Veteran Reunion,
by Leslie Kross, The Sheridan Sun, January 21, 1982

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