A Brief Profile
Picture Plant Ltd. was incorporated in Halifax in 1981 and is one of the more experienced production companies in Atlantic Canada. Its principals are writer/director, William D. MacGillivray and producer, Terry Greenlaw. Picture Plant’s feature films and documentaries have been released both theatrically and on free and pay television, have been invited to festivals around the world, celebrating retrospectives in Melbourne, Paris and Toronto and are on the curricula of several university film studies programs.
Among its broadcast television highlights are the popular 13 part comedic series GULLAGE’S (‘Sharp, witty dialogue for a parade of quirky characters’, TV Data, New York; ‘CBC needs this sharp biting program’, The Province, Vancouver). And the tragically romantic MOW, ONE HEART BROKEN INTO SONG, directed by Clement Virgo, initially broadcast on CBC and subsequently seen around the world.
Picture Plant’s feature film LIFE CLASSES, written and directed by William D. MacGillivray, has been named a Masterwork of Canadian Cinema by the Canadian Heritage Department and the AV Trust and a newly restored 35mm master print was created along with a special edition DVD, sparking a renewed interest in a film that has been called one of the most important films in Canadian Cinema.
Its feature documentary, THE MAN OF A THOUSAND SONGS held its World Premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation and went on to receive awards for Best Documentary, Achievement in Directing and Audience Choice at the Atlantic Film Festival.
Picture Plant’s newest feature film HARD DRIVE, starring Douglas Smith, Laura Wiggins, Megan Follows and Jerry Granelli was released in 2014.
Picture Plant has recently completed STUDIO BLACK!, a four part dramatic mini-series that tells stories from Black Nova Scotia, has an all Black Nova Scotian cast and is directed by Nova Scotian Black Directors. STUDIO BLACK! has been licensed to CBC and will broadcast in February 2016. Four new episodes have just been ordered by the CBC for production in 2016!