Tom Murphy (played by the late, lamented Mike Jones) is a high-profile television journalist whose career suddenly fumbles when a documentary on the question of personal failure leads to the suicide of an old friend.

After an imposed vacation, he’s sent on a more innocuous mission, interviewing the “average” Canadian at train stops across the country. But as the trip progresses from west to east across the vast Canadian landscape, Tom’s past and future flash before him. By the time he reaches Newfoundland, he has reached the end of an epoch in his life, and the beginning of a new one…

Director MacGillivray recalls: “What a great experiment!! When we shot STATIONS, we were a ragtag, nine-person crew, moving back and forth across the continent on several trains. We shot pretty much from the hip, using available light, interviewing actual passengers, along with some ‘plants’ who were engaged to help move our plot along. There were several scenes shot off the train, in Vancouver, Halifax and St. John’s, Newfoundland. We improvised a great deal of the film, always focussed on the story we were trying to tell. Thinking back, STATIONS was shot during a time of great innocence – can you imagine be able to shoot a feature film on an actual functioning passenger train in these days of social paranoia? Not a chance. We were lucky in so many ways, not least of which was having the great Lionel Simmons as DOP, the noise boys, Jim Rillie and Alex Salter recording sound under extremely un-controlled circumstances, Barrie Dunn (Trailer Park Boys) agreeing to play the desolate passenger in the clip above, and Robert Frank agreeing to a lovely improvised existential conversation with the lead, Mike Jones. Thank you to everyone.

Produced in 1981, Stations is acclaimed Canadian filmmaker William D. MacGillivray’s first feature film.

Featured in Canadian Film Centre’s Ten Best Canadian Debut Features since 1968 and TAKE ONE’s 20 Best Canadian Films Of All Time.

“Consistently intelligent, inquisitive of its own powers of representation, Stations is a masterpiece of Canadian Cinema.” Tom McSorley – Take One 2003

Feature Film – 88min. 1981. Audience Award Atlantic Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival.