Movie Central and The Movie Network present HBO Films’ Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
New Adaptation of Dee Brown’s 1971 Best-Seller Directed by Canadian Yves Simoneau and Starring Canadian Actors Adam Beach, Colm Feore and Oscar (R)-Winner Anna Paquin
Premieres Sunday, May 27 at 7 p.m. PT on Movie Central and 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network
TORONTO, April 24 – Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (western Canada) and Astral Media’s The Movie Network (eastern Canada) present HBO Films’ Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, premiering day-and-date with HBO Sunday, May 27 at 7 p.m. PT on Movie Central (MC3) and 9 p.m. ET on The Movie Network. Based on Dee Brown’s 1971 best-seller that sold almost four million copies, this story explores the economic, political and social pressures that underpinned the opening of the American West and the tragic impact its expansion had on American Indian culture during the latter half of the 19th century. Through the perspectives of three main characters Charles Eastman, Sitting Bull and Senator Henry Dawes, this film recounts the heartbreaking demise of a proud race, brought on by politicians, soldiers and citizens who colonized the West.
During the opening of the American West in the latter part of the 19th century, schoolteacher Elaine Goodale Eastman (Anna Paquin) is working to improve life on a reservation, joined by Sioux doctor Ohiyesa (Adam Beach), who has been forced to take an English name – Charles – as “proof” of the virtues of assimilation. Meanwhile, in Washington, Senator Dawes (Aidan Quinn) lobbies against the antagonistic stance of the military towards Indians. But hopes for a promising future end after the 1890 assassination of Lakota chief Sitting Bull (August Schellenberg) and the subsequent massacre of hundreds of Native men, women and children by the Seventh Cavalry at Wounded Knee Creek.
With a roster of well known talent in front of and behind the camera, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is directed by noted Canadian talent Yves Simoneau (Napoléon, Perfectly Normal), and stars Aidan Quinn (Empire Falls), and features Canadian cast members Anna Paquin (The Piano), Adam Beach (Flags Of Our Fathers), Colm Feore (Bon Cop, Bad Cop) and August Schellenberg (Eight Below). The film also stars J.K. Simmons (Oz), Wes Studi (Comanche Moon), and Fred Thompson (Law & Order). The epic adaptation was executive produced by Tom Thayer and Dick Wolf (Law & Order) and was filmed in and around Calgary, Alberta.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee will be available on Movie Central On Demand and The Movie Network OnDemand the Tuesday following its network premiere, and will be simulcast on Movie Central and The Movie Network’s high definition channels.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee will repeat on Movie Central’s MC1 Wednesday, May 30 at 8 p.m. PT.
Movie Central is a 24-hour-a-day, commercial-free premium pay-TV service available to Western Canadians. Exclusive multi-year output agreements with major Hollywood studios ensure that Movie Central is the preferred destination for box office titles. In addition to being the first window, Canadian home to the best of HBO and Showtime, through its investments, pre-buys and licence fees for Canadian feature films and original series, Movie Central is recognized as a major force in the Canadian independent film and television production industry. The launch of Movie Central On Demand and Movie Central High Definition demonstrates that Movie Central remains committed to being first with innovations that enhance the viewing experience. Visit the Movie Central website at www.moviecentral.ca.
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising and digital audio services, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, Movie Central, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.
The Movie Network is an Astral Media network available in eastern Canada. With premiere access to blockbuster movies, critically-acclaimed HBO and Showtime series, and first-rate Canadian programming, this pay-television service presents Canadians with some of the best television entertainment available. The Movie Network service includes five 24-hour multiplex channels – M, MMore, MExcess, MFun! and MFest – which deliver diverse and entertaining programs in an uncut and commercial-free television environment. The Movie Network also offers The Movie Network HD and MMore HD, two dedicated high-definition channels providing hundreds of titles in HD; and The Movie Network OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service, available in select areas across eastern Canada. For more information, please visit www.themovienetwork.ca.
Astral Media is one of Canada’s leading media companies, active in specialty, pay and pay-per- view television, radio and outdoor advertising. Astral Media’s solid and dynamic presence in the country’s major markets rests on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for all its audiences. www.astralmedia.com.
For further information: Movie Central (western Canada), Molly Merrick, (416) 530-2247, [email protected]; The Movie Network (eastern Canada), Nicolle Balen, (416) 956-8638, [email protected]