The Agony of Jimmy Quinlan (1978) features the speckled alleys of Montreal as an omniscient narrator reveals the story of 38year-old Jim,  who has struggled with alcoholism. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, the lives of his peers and the local mission become elaborate pillars of Jim’s recovery.


Janice Brown established Prime Cut Editing Services in 1985 whose editing facilities contain state of the art digital systems for off-line television editing. Brown supervises all editing of DocTV and Duncan Productions' projects. Janice’s long list of editing and directing credits include network specials as The Orkney Lad, The Matchless Six, When a Child Goes Missing, John McCrae's War and The Ridiculous Obsession. A graduate from the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, she started her editing career in 1974 at the National Film Board of Canada. As well as a host of documentary credits Brown was Supervising Editor of the animated feature, Heavy Metal, directed by Gerald Potterton and produced by Ivan Reitman.


Robert Duncan came to Canada from Scotland in 1967 to attend the world's fair in Montréal. He worked as a staff journalist with the Ottawa Journal and the Montréal Gazette before moving to the CBC in Montréal where he wrote and produced radio drama and documentary. He moved to television in 1972 and two years later left CBC to join Donald Brittain at the National Film Board of Canada where he initiated and co-produced the Oscar nominated feature documentary, Volcano, An Enquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry . During the next ten years Duncan worked at the NFB in documentary, drama and specialised IMAX projects. Duncan Productions Inc. was incorporated in 1978 and in 1989 moved from Montréal to Vancouver. Since that move Duncan has written, produced or directed television specials for, and has a working relationship with, most major Canadian networks.


Janice Brown, Robert Duncan, Andy Thomson, Producers
Peter Katadotis, Executive Producer


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Screening Formats

  • 16 mm,
  • AppleProRes,


Provided By

  • National Film Board / Office National du Film