The Diviners (film)

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The Diviners
Directed byAnne Wheeler
Screenplay byLinda Svendsen
Based onNovel by Margaret Laurence
Produced by
  • Derek Mazur
  • Kim Todd
CinematographyRene Ohashi
Edited bySally Paterson
Music byRandolph Peters
Release date
  • January 3, 1993 (1993-01-03)
Running time
117 minutes

The Diviners is a Canadian television film, which aired on CBC Television in 1993. Directed by Anne Wheeler, the film is an adaptation of the novel The Diviners by Margaret Laurence.


The storyline follows Morag Gunn from her tough childhood in Manitoba, Canada to middle-age adult life. A key theme of the movie is Morag's search for love. The story also introduces unique characters from the Manawaka series. The film provides a glimpse into many ways that society creates outcasts socially. The film also explores mythology, as illustrated by Christie's Scottish Piper Gunn, Métis hero Jules Tonnerre, Morag's novel and songs by Skinner and Piquette. As Margaret Laurence's crowning achievement, The Diviners shows that truth and love can be "divined" in many ways.[1]



A film adaption of The Diviners starring Susan Clark was announced in Variety in 1977. Judy Steed and Joyce Wieland co-produced and Charles Pachter was an associate producer. Shooting was planned for spring 1978, and a release date of winter 1979. Eighteen investment units for the film were sold at $50,000 each. Eric Till was hired to direct and Margaret Atwood to write the screenplay, but both were fired. The producers considered making a pilot for a television series instead of a film. The film was never made and the film rights were given to the Canadian Film Development Corporation.[2]


  1. ^ "The Diviners". IMDb. 3 January 1993.
  2. ^ Knelman 1987, p. 31-32.

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