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Shaftesbury Films shooting National Ballet doc for CBC

Romeos & Juliets, from writer/director/producer Moze Mossanen, is timed to coincide with the National Ballet of Canada's 60th anniversary.
November 17, 2011

Shaftesbury Films is producing a one-hour documentary on the National Ballet of Canada for CBC Television, timed to coincide with the cultural institution’s 60th anniversary.

Romeos & Juliets is written, directed and produced by Moze Mossanen (Nureyev), and captures the run-up to the world premiere of the ballet company’s Romeo and Juliet production later this month.

Production on the TV special is continuing through December 2011, with the CBC scheduling a spring 2012 premiere. It will include behind-the-scene coverage of dancers going through rehearsals ahead of opening night.

Romeos & Juliets has financing from the Canada Media Fund and federal and provincial tax credits and is being executive produced by Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie, with Jan Peter Meyboom serving as supervising producer.

The Shaftesbury Sales Company will shop Romeos & Juliets internationally.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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