Friday, June 26, 2009

Filmguiden.no - 2 Stories

1) Moss og Cattrall i Snow Cake (Author unknown) Publication date not listed.
http://www.filmguiden.no/nyhet.asp?fid=&m=ny&id=3677
There is nothing "technically" wrong in this story about the Canadian-Great Britain co-produced film Snow Cake, but it is an excellent example of how vague many Norwegian journalists are about Canadian detail. First, this is a Canadian/British film, but that is not mentioned. Second, the story mentions two Canadian actors that are both to be in the film - "Carrie-Anne Moss ("The Matrix”) and Kim Cattrall ("Sex and the City"), but no mention to them being Canadian. Third, the film is a Canadian story based in Canada, in the city of Wawa in the province of Ontario. The journalist writes: "Handlingen er satt til midten av vinteren i Wawa, Ontario." The reality is the most Norwegian readers do not now where Wawa, or Ontario is, and most could not place them in Canada. The point being here is a story that mentions one Canadian province, two Canadian cities, two Canadian actors, a Canadian story, but not a single mention to Canada at all. Would it not be more informative for Norwegian readers to at least give them some context of where the story takes place knowing the majority of Norwegians do not know Canada? This would be like a Canadian film journalist writing about a film based in "Sogndalsstrand, Rogaland". How many Canadian readers would have a clue where that is? Most would have to make a special effort to look on a map, the internet or an atlas. Why make it so vague for Norwegian readers? In addition, unless I missed seeing here while watching this film, Canadian actress Kim Cattrall is not in this movie.
2) Star Trek overtar førsteplassen i USA (By Harald Junger ) 11 May 2009
http://filmguiden.no/nyhet.asp?fid=&m=ny&id=7108&seksjon=1
In this story the journalist writes: "Yngre og flotter mannskap på USS Enterprise gikk hvor ingen andre ”Star Trek”-filmer har gått før: rett inn på toppen med en omsetning på over 459.4 million kroner i USA." That is not correct. It should say: "Yngre og flotter mannskap på USS Enterprise gikk hvor ingen andre ”Star Trek”-filmer har gått før: rett inn på toppen med en omsetning på over 459.4 million kroner i Nord-Amerika." The amount the journalists has listed is the totals for North America release (Canada, USA, except Mexico). The amount is Canadian sales in Canadian theatres in Canada, AND American sales in American sales in American theatres in the USA. The amounts do not include Mexico, even though they are in North America. The movie totals you are claiming are the North America totals, for the North America release, not the USA release amounts. An e-mail was sent to filmguiden.no, but no answer received. The mistake was corrected after a second e-mail.

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