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“…the reason awards were invented…”
—John Griffin, The Montreal Gazette

Press and awards for See Grace Fly

Genie Award Nomination (Canada)
Best Female Actor in a Leading Role
Gina Chiarelli
2005

Audience Choice Award
Fantasporto, Portugal
2004

Leo Award (British Columbia)
Best Female Actor in a Leading Role
Gina Chiarelli
2004

Nine Leo Award Nominations
Including Best Picture
Best Male Actor in a leading Role: Paul McGillion
Best Picture, Best Screenwriter: Pete McCormack
2004

Best Actress: Gina Chiarelli
The Women in Film Artistic Merit Award
Juried Prize
Vancouver International Film Festival
2003

Special Jury Citation: Best Film
See Grace Fly
Pete McCormack
Vancouver International Film Festival
2003

“…for its harrowing depiction of a woman who has found the edge and run straight over it, for overcoming a deficit of resources with a surplus of heart and intelligence, for daring to speak about faith without preaching, for granting Gina Chiarelli a stage to make of an impossible role a monumental performance, for showing us that conscience is a verb…”

 

PRESS

 

“…Without a doubt the best Canadian film since The Barbarian Invasions, it's no surprise this film [See Grace Fly] won the Jury Citation for Best Picture at last year's Vancouver International Film Fest, as well at the Women In Film award for Best Actress (Chiarelli). It's the best kind of movie-going experience—one that restores your faith and changes your outlook on life…”
         —Elaine Corden, WestEnder

"[T]he best Canadian feature...was screenwriter and novelist Pete McCormack’s See Grace Fly, a measured, humane portrayal of illness that most films don’t make time for. Already a double winner at last year’s Vancouver festival..., the film sketches a few days in the life of Grace, a 38-year-old schizophrenic convinced the apocalypse is about to come to pass.
     Measured and aggressive in its study of faith and illness, McCormack’s directorial debut dispenses with serial beauty shots (think Russell Crowe’s animated, frenzied manias in A Beautiful Mind) to foreground two brilliant performances from Gina Chiarelli as Grace and Paul McGillion as her brother Dominic..."
         —Filmmaker Magazine

SEE GRACE FLY is a great movie. Not a good one, a GREAT one. It’s a simple story about a delusional woman and a brother who is seduced by her delusions - because it’s the only way to love her. I have never, ever been so moved by a film as I was by this one. If Gina Chiarelli is not the best actor in Canada, I don’t know who is.
         —Guy Bennett

“Gina Chiarelli is marvelous…one of the most brilliant films to tackle religious themes since Jesus of Montreal…”
         —Aleksi Lepage, La Presse

“…Chiarelli's possessed portrayal of a brilliant 38-year-old woman out to warn the world that the end is nigh is the reason awards were invented…emotionally shattering…a brilliant ensemble cast…roles as juicy as this are an actor's recurring dream come true…McCormack's writing is a reminder that words really do help in the lost art of communication…”
         —John Griffin, The Montreal Gazette

“…heart-wrenching…”
         —Joanne Latimer, The Globe and Mail

"...Grace McKinley is a distressingly believable character...she has the power to draw you into a world you might not come out of..."
         —Maurie Alioff, Cine Festival

“..this debut film by novelist and screenwriter Pete McCormack, shot in Vancouver on a tiny budget, has two huge assets working for it: a unique script that plays more like a creepy sci-fi flick than an earnest meditation on faith, and a performance from lead Gina Chiarelli that's brilliant enough to make it work… McCormack knows how to move a story; his hand-held style and tight framing feel like television, and he has that medium's kinetic pacing mastered. Nor is he afraid to experiment (successfully) with unconventional and original sound and editing techniques.
     But the film belongs to Chiarelli. Her take on Grace is expressionistic but wholly believable, giving a face and a heart to your average apocalyptic street loony. She sells every line with a balance of bravura and emotional subtlety, eliciting sympathy and mystery through even her most absurd speeches ("Pray your ass off!"). See Grace Fly is good for any debut feature and exceptional for one made in Canada, and it's her performance that gives it wings.”
         —Joel McConvey, eye Weekly, Toronto

"…grippingly honest, tour-de-force performance..."
         —Alexandra Gill, the Globe and Mail

“…I love Grace's flashes of lucidity and frankness about her own mental difficulties, and the truths she speaks in the midst of her mania…”
         —Ron Reed, Christianity Today

"Gina Chiarelli is absolutely stunning as Grace in See Grace Fly, a Canadian film by Pete McCormack. She plays schizophrenic Grace so disturbingly realistically, so frenetically, that we almost hear the voices in her head...She gives us an insight into the madness we see (and try to ignore) walking our city streets and forces us to rethink our ideas about what madness is."
—Joanne Bealy, Bright Lights Film Journal

"First-time directors from Vancouver were the talk of the festival circuit this year…audiences leapt to their feet for Pete McCormack and his film about a schizophrenic woman, See Grace Fly."
         —Amy Carmichael, Ottawa Citizen

"Gina Chiarelli, who plays Grace McKinley in Pete McCormack’s SEE GRACE FLY, got not one but two standing ovations at the film’s sold-out screening at the Ridge on Sunday night. Canadian Images programmer Diane Burgess says as she escorted Chiarelli to the front of the theatre the crowd erupted in a spontaneous five-minute standing ovation. Then following a lengthy question and answer period, the crowd gave her another standing ovation. SEE GRACE FLY, a British Columbia film, deals with the difficult subject of schizophrenia. One seasoned journalist was heard to remark that Chiarelli’s performance is 'Oscar-worthy.'"
        —Betty Verkuil, Vancouver International Film Festival

I thought the portrayal of the illness was both honest and heartbreaking. The agony that the brother went through to try and help his sister was particularly real and shows the agony that a lot of families go through when they try to help their loved ones with their illness. It was great to see a movie portrayal of someone with schizophrenia where you see the whole person and not just a string of symptoms. I've never seen a more real portrayal than yours in a fiction film.

Sincerely,
John Cadigan
Director of "People Say I'm Crazy," the Award-winning documentary about John's own battle with schizophrenia.

Note from Pete: John’s film is very powerful, and his artwork is beautiful. Check out his site.

www.peoplesayimcrazy.com

 

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