DANNY To Screen Across Newfoundland & Labrador

A Sweet Release...

Posted: October 30, 2014 

DANNY, an entertaining and inspiring look—back-room anecdotes and all—at former premier Danny Williams, opens in 10 communities across Newfoundland and Labrador starting on November 10.

This National Film Board of Canada (NFB) feature documentary is co-directed by Justin Simms and William D. MacGillivray.

DANNY the movie to screen across NL still NFB

DANNY follows the former premier throughout his seven historic years in office, during which Newfoundland and Labrador transformed from a “have not” into a “have” province. Featuring interviews with Williams’ key staffers, as well as family members and Newfoundland celebrities, the film documents how Williams became the most beloved Canadian politician of his era, receiving unprecedented approval ratings during his tenure as premier. He famously battled to ensure that benefits from the province’s abundant natural resources flowed back to its people; his mantra of “no more giveaways” was key to his popularity, but pride in his province made Williams a hero to its people and to many Canadians.

Teresita Galway Williams and Danny Williams - image still from DANNY

The film also includes interviews with Andy Jones, Mark Critch, Greg Malone, Randy Simms, Steve Marshall and Williams’ mother, the charismatic and savvy Teresita Galway Williams. Together they weave a great story about Williams and the timely coincidence of his birth in 1949—the same year Newfoundland joined Canada.


Produced and executive produced for the NFB by Newfoundlander Annette Clarke, DANNY was hailed by the Halifax Chronicle-Herald as “Fascinating…” following its world premiere earlier this fall at the Atlantic Film Festival. The film kicks off its 10-community engagement with a screening at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John’s, where the former premier will join the co-directors and producer and take questions. Williams will also attend the screening in Corner Brook. DANNY will also be shown at venues in Gander, Stephenville, Clarenville, Eastport, Bonavista, Labrador City and Goose Bay (see complete schedule below).

DANNY Sea and Be Scene Interview-3

About the Filmmakers

Justin SimmsSt. John’s based award-winning screenwriter/director Justin Simms whose debut feature, Down to the Dirt (2008), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Subsequent films include the NFB-produced docudrama Hard Light (2011) and the feature drama Hold Fast (2013).

William D MacGillivrayAlso a native Newfoundlander, William D. MacGillivray is one of the country’s most respected filmmakers and the director of Canadian of Hard Drive (2014) and classics Stations (1983) and Life Classes (1987). MacGillivray is a recipient of the prestigious Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.


Screening schedule

Monday, November 10              St. John’s                     Arts and Culture Centre

Monday, November 10              Gander                         Arts and Culture Centre

Monday, November 10              Stephenville                  Arts and Culture Centre

Monday, November 10              Clarenville                     Twin Cinemas

Monday, November 10              Bonavista                     The Garrick Theatre

Wednesday, November 12         Corner Brook                Arts and Culture Centre

Thursday, November 13            Grand Falls-Windsor      Arts and Culture Centre

Friday, November 14                 Twillingate                   Anchor Inn

Saturday, November 15             Labrador City               Arts and Culture Centre

Monday, November 17              Goose Bay                   Lawrence O'Brien Arts Centre


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