Martin Duckworth Receives 2015 Prix Albert-Tessier
POV congratulates documentary filmmaker Martin Duckworth on being awarded the 2015 Prix Albert-Tessier for cinema. The annual award acknowledges an individual’s significant contribution to Québécois cinema. Duckworth, an active director and cinematographer, is also the founding member of DOC Québec. The prize was announced yesterday in Montreal by Quebec’s Minister of Culture Hélène David. The award carries a cash prize of $30 000 and will be awarded formally on November 18.
Duckworth’s career spans over fifty years, beginning with the short films Satan’s Choice (1965) as cinematographer and Passing through Sweden (1969) as director. His recent credits as a cinematographer include the 2012 documentary Ma vie réelle, which received a Jutra nomination for Best Documentary Feature, and the 2015 feature Journey to Ithaca directed by Nicola Zavaglia.
Duckworth’s contribution to documentary in Quebec and Canada is significant, as POV recently profiled the filmmaker in the feature “The Man Behind the Camera” by Maurie Alioff. Profiling the filmmaker, Alioff wrote:
Duckworth Loves To Shoot. Filmmakers tell me that when they need a camera for one reason or another, he generously tries to fit them into his schedule. Recently, I asked him at the last moment to film some interviews, and he handled every detail of the shoots with good nature and smooth precision.
“I’m still improving my skills,” Duckworth says. “Things in documentary film happen unplanned and unannounced. You have to be ready to roll. You have to be aware of what’s going on in your subject’s mind and eyes. If I let anything go for a few months, I would worry about it coming back.”