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Watch the full version of Mabel, Teresa MacInnes’s NFB documentary about 90-year-old hairdressing dynamo Mabel Robinson, Dec. 27 on CBC Nova Scotia. This holiday season, discover the story of Hubbards’ own queen of shampoo ‘n’ sets.



December 19, 2016 – Montreal – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Following the world premiere of Teresa MacInnes’s National Film Board of Canada (NFB) short documentary Mabel at the Atlantic Film Festival, 90-year-old hairdresser Mabel Robinson of Hubbards, Nova Scotia, became an online sensation when CBC Nova Scotia aired a 30-second teaser clip of the film, generating millions of views and hundreds of heartfelt comments.

So it’s only fitting that the full version of Mabel is making its world television premiere on Tuesday, December 27, at 6:30 p.m. on CBC Nova Scotia―back where so much of the excitement began. Chosen as one of the best local films of 2016 by The Coast’s Stephanie Clattenburg, it’s a heartfelt, truly Nova Scotian story that’s a great family experience for the holidays.

Mabel Robinson broke barriers back in the ’40s when she became the first woman in Hubbards to launch her own business—a hairdressing salon where she still provides shampoo and sets over 70 years later, catering to a faithful but dwindling clientele. “They’re all dying on me, but I’m still going strong,” she observes with customary wry humour.

At a time when most people’s dreams revolve around retiring as early as possible, Mabel tells a different story. It shows how diligent work, however repetitive and humble, can be a path to meaningfulness, purpose and dignity in the golden years, especially if it springs, as in Mabel’s case, from one’s heart, and connects one to one’s community.

An affectionate documentary portrait from the hand of Halifax filmmaker Teresa MacInnes, Mabel weaves animation and archival imagery with intimate interview footage, exploring the power of community and friendship. The film is produced and executive produced by Annette Clarke.


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    Founded in 1939, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a one-of-a-kind producer, co-producer and distributor of distinctive, engaging, relevant and innovative documentary and animated films. As a talent incubator, it is one of the world’s leading creative centres. The NFB has enabled Canadians to tell and hear each other’s stories for over eight decades, and its films are a reliable and accessible educational resource. The NFB is also recognized around the world for its expertise in preservation and conservation, and for its rich and vibrant collection of works, which form a pillar of Canada’s cultural heritage. To date, the NFB has produced more than 14,000 works, 6,500 of which can be streamed free of charge at nfb.ca. The NFB and its productions and co-productions have earned over 7,000 awards, including 11 Oscars and an Honorary Academy Award for overall excellence in cinema.