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Mip TV Picks 2008: The Brothers Warner

When a filmmaker taps into a basic human trait, they can't help but find resonance with their audience, and the producers of The Brothers Warner have done exactly that.
April 1, 2008


When a filmmaker taps into a basic human trait, they can’t help but find resonance with their audience, and the producers of The Brothers Warner have done exactly that. What makes this film hit home is, in a word, nostalgia. Not necessarily the nostalgia feature film and Hollywood history buffs feel for the golden age of motion pictures, but the nostalgia everyone feels for a time when even businessmen had acumen and conscience.

The Warner brothers built their studio with a social conscience. It would be hard today to find a head of a major who would assert, as Harry Warner did in his heyday, that a studio that only looks at the bottom line is in trouble. Unfortunately, those days are gone, and movie-goers and audiences everywhere are the poorer for it.

Warner combines a great story with superlative access and interviews, and weaves a tight tale that will have history fans clamoring for more. It certainly helps that the film is written and directed by Cass Warner, granddaughter of Harry Warner. In fact, the feature is based on her bestselling book Hollywood Be Thy Name. Partners: LA-based Warner Sisters (a Cass Warner Company) in association with Icon Television Music (Sherman Oaks). Icon is also worldwide distributor
Wrapping: May
Length: 90 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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