On April 14 Maudie will be released in select theatres in Canada. The film, which has garnered early praise from a number of film festivals, centers on the life of Maud Lewis, one of Nova Scotia's best-loved folk painters.
Between 1938, when she married Everett Lewis, until her death in 1970, Maud Lewis lived in a tiny one-room house near Digby, Nova Scotia. Over the years, she painted the doors inside and out, the windowpanes, the walls and cupboards, the wallpaper, the little staircase to the sleeping loft, the woodstove, the breadbox, the dustpan, almost everything her hand touched. Her house was a joy to behold, and it became a magnet for tourists as well as a focal point in her village.
In the 1990s she was embraced by the rest of the country when the landmark exhibition of her work The Illuminated Life of Maud Lewis travelled across Canada. By the time the tour was over, half a million people had become acquainted with her delightful work.
The trailer for Maudie:
You can find out more about Maud Lewis and her lovely painted house in The Painted House of Maud Lewis by Laurie Hamilton, which is a co-publication between Goose Lane Editions and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Maudie's Limited Release:
April 14, 2017 - Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver
April 21, 2017 - Calgary, Edmonton, Montréal, Victoria, Winnipeg