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Elizabeth Smart: On the Side of the Angels

1991/One hour feature, documentary

A lyrical portrait of celebrated Canadian poet Elizabeth Smart, author of By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept, featuring a dramatic portrayal by Jackie Burroughs, and narrated by novelist Michael Ondaatje. Powerful excerpts from Smart’s work, and rare, archival photographs create a compelling exploration of the conflicting claims of life and art.

Produced in association with CBC, TVO, Telefilm Canada, OFDC, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council Explorations Program, NFB PAFPs/Studio D

“A provocative and insightful work that captures the beauty and the tragedy of Smart’s life.”
– The Star Phoenix

Film Festivals


Director & Writer

Maya Gallus


Maya Gallus, Janice Dawe

Awards & Nominations

Best Documentary, Best Editing & Best Production – Golden Sheaf Awards, Yorkton Film Festival
Best Narration – Atlantic Film Festival

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