Two Films by Michael Rubbo
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Motion Pictures: Two Films by Michael Rubbo
From the IHP collection of NFB films, introduced by Professor Dave Jones of Drexel University
I Hate to Lose (Je déteste perdre)
dir. Michael Rubbo, Canada, 1977, 16mm, 57 mins, color
Filmed in the predominately Anglophone, upper-middle class Montreal riding of Westmount during the months preceding Quebec’s history making election of November 15, 1976. I Hate to Lose documents a play within a play, a brisk, natural drama that sparkles with humor. The camera follows closely behind leading local political contenders George Springate, Nick Auf der Maur and Harold “Shorty” Fairhead, chronicling the unfolding of an election campaign on the local hosting, and gleaning retrospective insights into Anglo-phone neglect of Parti Québécois’s swelling popularity.
Persistent and Finagling
dir. Michael Rubbo, Canada, 1971, 16mm, 57 mins, color
The growing resolve of a group of Montreal women, members of STOP (Society To Overcome Pollution), to do something about air pollution by factories in the city led to a campaign to focus public attention on the problem. Despite rebuffs of every kind, they persisted until they were able to bring newspapers, radio and television to bear on their fight. What they accomplished, and how they went about it, will interest urban audiences.