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Republic of keepin’ it real Canadian (eh)
Posted Wednesday, February 8, 2012 12:26 PM
Republic of Doyle’s Allan Hawko visited U of M campus in late January. Hawko, who plays lead Jake Doyle and is also the show’s executive producer/showrunner/co-creator and head writer, visited the U of M campus with his co-star Mark O’Brien (who plays Des Courtney) on a cross-country tour to promote the show, which has just entered its third season.

Arlene Young, head of the department of English, film and theatre, said that CBC called the Wednesday before to inquire whether the department might be interested in hosting the tour in a class.

The presentation was a mix of the two discussing the show and a Q&A with the audience. Young said that Hawko emphasized the strength and value of the Canadian creative community, and the importance of making Canadian TV and film, with Canadian settings and characters.

Many students were inspired by what he had to offer, said Young.

“We can either let American TV define what Canadians are, as stereotypes, or we can make our own shows, set in our own country — shows that reflect Canadian identity and reality,” he said.

The detective show is set in St. John’s Newfoundland; the city plays itself.

>>Watch the entire class on U of M’s YouTube channel at the link below.
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