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Denis McCready
2017 | 9 min 5 s

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In preparation for the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a Canadian soldier observes the German army’s positions.
German prisoners help transport an injured Canadian soldier.
Canadian soldiers parade in trucks, victorious after the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
A huge Canadian artillery gun is mounted on a rail.
Canadian Corps mounted soldiers travelling along a road.
Canadian Corps soldiers on the move.
Nursing sisters attending a military funeral.
A Canadian soldier demonstrates how to put on a gas mask.
Meal time for Canadian Corps soldiers.


Denis McCready
Writer, director, producer
Photo : NFB

Denis McCready

Denis McCready has been working in the Quebec film and television industry since 1996. He started off directing commercials for music channel MusiquePlus before becoming head of advertising for MusiquePlus, MusiMax, Super Écran and Canal Indigo. The early 2000s saw McCready working with independent production companies, where he gained experience as a production director, line producer, and producer of documentaries, documentary series, and dramas.

No stranger to technical and creative challenges, McCready has produced low-budget auteur documentaries on subjects as diverse as dance, music, the environment and child trafficking, as well as big-budget documentary series dealing with science, exploration, and war. He has overseen shoots both in Canada and abroad, many in locations that are hard to access (the Arctic, NASA, the Russian space program) or dangerous (the Atacama and Mojave deserts, the giant Cave of Crystals in Naica, Mexico). He oversaw the production of hundreds of special-effects sequences for the series Mars Rising and produced and wrote the serious game L’or du golfe for the ICI Radio-Canada website. McCready has delivered HD programs for major broadcasters, including National Geographic (US and international), Discovery (Canada, US, Latin America), History (Canada), ARTE (France/Germany), NHK (Japan), CBC, Radio-Canada, Canal D, and Télé-Québec. In addition, he’s worked on a number of official international co-productions (Canada-France, Canada-Mexico).

McCready won several awards as the producer of Chercher le courant (including the RIDM Audience Choice Award and Gémeaux Award for Best Documentary: Society) and Bas! Au-delà du Redlight (NFB Colin Low Award at DOXA). The films he’s produced have screened at many international festivals, including Hot Docs, Visions du réel, the International Festival of Films on Art, NXNE, DOXA, the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), and the Vancouver International Film Festival. He has also produced two documentaries directed by Ian Jaquier: L’or du golfe, with Kevin Parent, and Kanata: Aujourd’hui la colonisation, as well as the powerful documentary MTL Punk: La première vague, by Érik Cimon and Alain Cliche.

McCready is currently Executive Producer for the NFB’s Canadian Francophonie Studio. Previously, he worked on many NFB short and feature-length documentaries and interactive projects as a producer for the Documentary Studio and the Institutional Program.


Written, Directed and Produced by
Denis McCready

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in partnership with the Vimy Foundation

Chala Hunter

Raphael Cohen-Demers

Female silhouette
Marianne Goyette

Directing Consultant
Pierre Marier

Claude Cloutier

Colourization of Archival Material
François Montpellier
ImaginColor (France)

Étienne Gagnon

Sound Design
Sylvain Bellemare

Mathieu G. Dandurand

Keyu Chen

Simon Meilleur

NFB Archives
Ragnhild Milewski
Lea Nakonechny
Yvon Larocque
Josée Riopel

NFB Collection Curator
Albert Ohayon

Film Digitization Technicians
Aldo La Ricca
William Holley

Color Timing and Restoration
Sylvie Marie Fortier

Technical Support – Editing
Jean Coulombe

Adaptation and Subtitling
Claude Dionne

Copy Editing
George Kaltsounakis

Head, Coordination and Project Support
Pierre Ferlatte

Online Editing
Denis Pilon

Mélanie Bouchard

Foley and Narration Recording
Geoffrey Mitchell

Jean Paul Vialard

Visual Archives
National Film Board of Canada
The Canadian War Museum
Library and Archives Canada
McMaster University

The Vimy Foundation
Pascal Brunet

Special thanks to

The Fondation Vimy
Jeremy Diamond, Executive Director
Stephanie Brousseau, Project Coordinator

Canadian Centre for the Great War
Caitlin Bailey, Curator and Executive Director

Vimy Foundation Alumni
Lovdeep Singh
Rachel Bannerman
Marianne Goyette

NFB Team

Isabelle Limoges

Production Coordinator
Gabrielle Dupont
Marcia Seebaran

Technical Coordinator
Daniel Lord
Luc Binette

Marketing Manager
Charles Pease

Legal Services
Peter Kallianiotis
Hugo Barnabé

Executive Producer
Julie Huguet


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