2023 Canadian Screen Awards.

Best Direction, Children's or Youth

Bruce McDonald

Malory Towers

"The New Headmistress"


Based on the hugely popular book series of the same name by Enid Blyton, Malory Towers follows Darrell Rivers and friends at an all-girls’ boarding school. Set in the 1940s on the sun-drenched cliffs of the Cornish coast, Malory Towers explores this nostalgic world of midnight feasts, lacrosse, pranks, and lasting friendships.

Episode Synopsis:
Born of an Ojibwe father and an escaped-slave mother, John "Daddy" Hall's gripping story is the stuff of legends – of the War of 1812, of the harsh realities of slavery and of triumph in the face of adversity. Over the course of his 118-year life, Hall identified as an Indigenous boy, a scout for the British under Chief Tecumseh, a wounded veteran, a captured slave in Virginia and Kentucky, a fugitive crossing the Ohio River, a freeman and town crier in Owen Sound, Ontario, a husband and a father to an impressive number of children.

Bruce McDonald


Family Channel



Production Company:

WildBrain, King Bert Productions