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Jack is a Canadian television film, which debuted on CBC Television on March 10, 2013. A biopic of the late Jack Layton, the film stars Rick Roberts as Layton and Sook-Yin Lee as Olivia Chow.[1] The film was originally announced in 2012 as Smilin' Jack: The Jack Layton Story.

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CBC release poster
Screenplay byAndrew Wreggitt
Story byShelley Eriksen
Andrew Wreggitt
Directed byJeff Woolnough
StarringRick Roberts
Sook-Yin Lee
Theme music composerShawn Pierce
Opening theme"Rise Up" by The Parachute Club
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Laszlo Barna
Kyle Irving
Lisa Meeches
Lesley Oswald
Karen Stermsheg
Melissa Williamson
CinematographyC. Kim Miles
Editor(s)Mike Lee
Running time89 minutes
Production company(s)Pier 21 Films
Eagle Vision
DistributorCBC Television
Original networkCBC Television
Original release
  • March 10, 2013 (2013-03-10) (Canada)

The film was directed by Jeff Woolnough, and written by Shelley Eriksen and Andrew Wreggitt.

The film uses The Parachute Club's 1983 hit single "Rise Up", a longtime unofficial New Democratic Party anthem, as its opening theme music.[2]

Both Roberts and Lee won Canadian Screen Awards for their performances at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards, Roberts as Best Lead Actor in a Television Film or Miniseries and Lee as Best Lead Actress in a Television Film or Miniseries.


Victoria Snow, Brittany Scobie, Conrad Sweatman, Erin Karpluk and Diana Ha also appeared.


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