Rosies of the North (1999)

The story of the contribution of women in the Canadian wartime aviation industry during World War II.


Kelly Saxberg


Robert Lower (narration written by)


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Credited cast:
Ray Brickwood Ray Brickwood ... Comic Strip (voice)
Victor Cowie Victor Cowie ... Comic Strip (voice)
Nancy Drake Nancy Drake ... Comic Strip (voice)
Martine Friesen Martine Friesen ... Narrator (voice)
Brian Richardson ... Comic Strip (voice)
Jan Skene ... Comic Strip (voice)


This film tells the story about the contributions that women did in the Canadian wartime aviation industry doing manufacturing jobs that were considered unthinkable before World War II. This film in particular focuses on the staff of Canadian Car and Foundry in Fort William which was a major producer of Hurricane and Helldiver fighters as the women did their jobs while dealing the sexism around them. In addition, this film features the story of the company's Chief Aeronautical Engineer, Elsie MacGill, who was the first Canadian female engineering graduate and the world's first woman to design an airplane. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada See more »

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This is a witty film with heart. Fantastic archival and strong characters.
19 April 2005 | by shebafilms-1See all my reviews

This film gracefully combines good characters, writing, music and great archival film footage to tell the story of Elsie MacGill, North America's first woman chief aeronautical engineer and airplane designer. It also tells the remarkable story of the women on the shop floor who built hawker hurricanes for the British and Curtis Hell Divers for the US Navy. The best part of the film takes place when the women, now in their seventies, get to see a Curtis Helldive fly once more over their city. Marg Cook gets a ride in the gunner seat and it gives her pause to think about the young men she met on the shop floor who later sacrificed their lives fighting fascism. Beautifully shot by Ian Elkin and written by Robert Lower. The women are the true stars of the show as they recount their days as Rosie the riveter, battling sexism, sparks and paint fumes to do the best jobs of their lives.

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