"Shania: A Life In Eight
Aired November 7, 2005 on CBC - Canada
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A two-hour CBC Big Ticket film-for-television which tells the inspiring rags-to-riches story of one Canada's most beloved and successful female artists of all time featuring Meredith Henderson (The Adventures of Shirley Holmes, MythQuest) starring in the lead role of megastar Shania Twain.
SHANIA depicts the superstar's early years and her struggle for stardom. The drama takes viewers on a compelling journey spanning two decades, beginning in 1973 with a gangly eight-year-old known as Elly (Reva Timbers) belting out songs in Northern Ontario bars for tips, continuing with a determined teenager (Shenae Grimes) making her own way to Toronto for an appearance on The Tommy Hunter Show, to an under-age teen (Meredith Henderson) dragging a Sudbury bar band into the limelight. SHANIA then follows Eilleen Twain to Nashville where she finds a cut-throat industry wanting only her voice - not her music. Finally, we see Eilleen on the cusp of transforming into one of the world's most celebrated stars when she gets a fateful call from renowned music producer Mutt Lange.
The film also features Megan Follows as Shania's mother Sharon Twain; Eric Schweig as her adoptive father Jerry; Darrell Dennis as one of her early mentors, symphony conductor John Kim Bell and Gordon Tootoosis as her beloved grandfather, who introduces her to the richness of First Nations' music, traditions and ceremony.
SHANIA chronicles the back-story of one of the most successful and beloved female artists of all time. From the gangly eight-year-old with a powerful voice, singing in Northern Ontario bars, to the determined teenager dragging a garage band into the limelight, from Nashville and an industry that wanted her voice but not her music, to her first encounter with renowned music producer Robert John Mutt Lange, who only wanted the best for her. And, always, the fierce commitment to her family. SHANIA follows the transformation of Eilleen Twain into one of the worlds most celebrated stars.
90 MIN l MOVIE OF THE WEEK l DISTRIBUTED BY BARNA-ALPER RELEASING
PRODUCED IN ASSOCIATION WITH CBC & W NETWORK
TV Guide Article:
SUPER High Quality---> Promo Flyer
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