Génome Canada

Génome Canada

September 19, 2005 15:30 ET

Genome Canada's First Mainstream Movie Hits Big: Dramatic Musical THE SCORE has World Premiere at Vancouver International Film Festival

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 19, 2005) - THE SCORE, a groundbreaking musical drama about a scientist whose own genetic history threatens her career, her lab and her life, will have its world premiere on Saturday October 1 as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Produced by Vancouver's Screen Siren Pictures, with the participation and collaboration of Genome Canada, THE SCORE is based on the award winning play by Vancouver's Electric Company Theatre and tells the story of Dr. Lynn Magnusson as a brilliant geneticist racing to isolate a cancer-causing gene. All that's standing in her way is competition from a well funded foreign lab, a ticking biological clock that leads to a risky office romance, and her own fears that she might carry the same Huntington's gene that killed her mother.


THE SCORE was produced in part because of the strong interest and financial support from Genome Canada, the national funding and information resource relating to genomics and proteomics research in Canada.

"Part of our mandate is to ensure leadership in ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social issues related to genomics", said Dr. Martin Godbout, President of Genome Canada. "Using the popular medium of film, THE SCORE examines the necessity for an active dialogue between the public and scientists in determining what ethical guidelines will dictate the ongoing exploration of our world. For Genome Canada, The Score is a precious tool that will facilitate understanding of genomics research and its impact on society, create an interest and encourage discussion among Canadians".

"We have been a long-time fan of the play and we requested on a few occasions that the Electric Company restage it for our genomics and bioethics forums, but restaging The Score for one representation is not an easy endeavour, and can be quite costly", continues Godbout. "Supporting a film version of The Score was an obvious and exciting choice for Genome Canada".


The film juxtaposes the lead character with a musical composer. As Dr. Magnusson seeks answers within her research, the composer strives to write a beautiful composition. Ultimately the composition illustrates a metaphor between the genetic make-up of a human being and the notes of a musical score; if there is a wrong note, does it ruin the composition? Told with humour, music and dance, THE SCORE transforms the scientific ideas explored in the world of the laboratory into universal themes of human identity, freedom and creation.

THE SCORE is also scheduled to air nationally on CBC television in January 2006.

Vancouver International Film Festival screenings of The Score are:

- Saturday, October 1, 7pm at the Granville 7 Cinemas (855
Granville Street)
- Wednesday, October 12, 1:40pm at the Granville 7 Cinemas (855
Granville Street)

Produced in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation www.cbc.ca. Produced with the participation the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian cable industry CTF: Licence Fee Program, Telefilm Canada: Equity Investment Program. Produced with the participation and contribution of Genome Canada; With the assistance of The Government of Canada Film or Video Production Tax Credit Program, CanWest Western Independent Producers Fund, the Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC. Developed with the participation of British Columbia Film and with the financial participation of Rogers Telefund.

Screener copy of THE SCORE, press kit, high resolution photos & interviews are available.

Contact Information

  • Genome Canada
    Anie Perrault
    Public relations
    (514) 258-7629