Fonds 2005.001 - Gordon Hinch fonds

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CA ON00349 2005.001


Gordon Hinch fonds


  • 1954-2004 (Creation)

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3.3 m of textual records

3,638 photographs
· 88 prints (32 col., 56 b&w)
· 1,434 negatives (b&w)
· 2,116 slides

68 audio recordings
· 8 – 1 in. tapes
· 35 - 1/2 in. tapes
· 20 – ¼ in. tapes
· 4 Beta cassettes
· 1 – 45pm disc
· 12 rolls 16mm magnetic track

70 video recordings
· 24 – 1 in. tapes
· 32 – ¾ in. cassettes
· 14 VHS cassettes

61 cinefilms
· 52 rolls 16mm cinefilms
· 9 rolls 35mm cinefilms

21 graphic materials
· 6 posters
· 15 sketches

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Biographical history

Gordon Hinch began his career in advertising in the 1950s, and joined the CBC in 1957. By 1965, he was creating half-hour productions of experimental dramas and special programs like You Can Always Learn from a Lady, The Painted Door, Three Penny Profile, and others. In 1969, Hinch helmed the Imperial Oil Motion Pictures Program, where he produced 8 titles (including the award-winning The Edge of Evolution and The Newcomers, a celebration of Imperial Oil’s centenary).
Hinch partnered with Joseph Green and Leon Major to form Gemstone Productions in the 1980s. Gemstone produced The Dining Room, The Sunshine Boys and Sullivan and Gilbert for the stage in major cities across Canada. In association with Primedia Productions they also produced Glory Enough for All, the largest independently financed Canadian dramatic mini-series of its day on the topic of Banting and Best and the discovery of insulin.

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This fonds is divided into 5 series, according to format. These are: Textual Material, Photographic Material/Artwork, Audio Material, Video Material and Cinefilms.
The first series, Textual Material, includes files documenting development, research, financing, preliminary working budgets, casting legal documents, producer’s treatments, schedules, original scripts, licensing agreements, promotional materials and reviews. Hinch’s diaries from his time at CBC may be of particular interest.
The second series, Photographic Material/Artwork, includes publicity and production stills documenting all stages of production for Glory Enough for All. This series also includes 15 set sketches and posters for that production, as well as posters for The Newcomers.
The third series, Audio Material, includes master mixes for most versions of Glory Enough for All.
The fourth series, Video Material, consists of video elements that support masters produced for television broadcast.
The fifth series, Cinefilms, comprises elements for Glory Enough for All, as well as 18 release prints from the Imperial Oil film series.

This fonds includes textual material relating to the following productions:

The Newcomers (Television, 1977)
The Dining Room (Live performance, 1984)
Glory Enough for All (Television, 1988)
Sunshine Boys (Live performance, 1986)
Sullivan & Gilbert (Television, 1988)
This fonds includes audiovisual material relating to the following productions:

Stravinsky (Television, 1965)
The Painted Door (Television, 1966)
New Bottles New Wine (Television, 1966)\
The Orange Sailed Cutter (Television, 1966)
Three Penny Profile (Television, 1966)
Dylan Thomas Revisited (Television, 1966)
You Can Always Learn from a Lady (Television, 1966)
On Camera ’69 (Film, 1970)
Winter Voyage (Film, 1971)
15,000 People in 1,500 Places (Film, 1972)
Edge of Evolution (Film, 1974)
The Great Canadian Energy Saga (Film, 1975)
Wilderness Nomads (Film, 1976)
The Newcomers (Television, 1977)
Objective Energy (Film, 1978)
Leaving Something Over (Film, 1981)
Glory Enough for All (Television, 1988)
La Gloire en Partage (Television, 1988)
Masterpiece Theatre (Television, 1989)

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  • English

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  • English



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