Skip to main content

ONE MAN

Canada, 1977 (MIFF 1977)

Director: Robin Spry

An experienced television newsman, Jason Brady, is drawn into a web of corruption and blackmail. He discovers that a factory is polluting the atmosphere in the Montreal slum district of St. Xavier. Children living nearby are falling sick and dying. While visiting one of the children at a hospital, Brady encounters Marion Galbraith, a social worker, and he steadily becomes involved with both of them.The chemical factory's management resorts to blackmail and violence in order to discourage his inlerest in the pollution issue; his wife is upset by his association with the social worker.

As the threads of his personal and professional life appear to fall apart, his television station fails to support him, and he realises that he must pay the price if he persists in his one man crusade against the factory.

Director Robin Spry has commented on the film, ‘It's about how far you can lend yourself to an institution without contributing to the negative aspects of that institution'.

See also...

ACTION: THE OCTOBER CRISIS OF 1970

A long and thoughtful look at those desperate days of October 1970, when Quebec Liberation Front (FLQ) terror gripped the streets of Montreal and it seemed that Quebec's search for independence and ... More »

FLOWERS ON A ONE-WAY STREET

A group of young people in Toronto wanted their street closed to through traffic with its noise and fumes. The press tagged them as "hippies". The establishment, represented by Toronto City Council ... More »

Blackwood

David Blackwood, Canada's celebrated print maker: the artist and his work; the man and his background ... More »

HOMAGE TO CHAGALL - THE COLOURS OF LOVE

This is an intimate look at Marc Chagall's life, his imagination and above all, his love: 'Only love interests me, Chagall has said, '”and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love " More »

Bead Game

Animated coloured beads tell the story of evolution and sound a cautionary note about the future. ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director