Ida Makes a Movie
(1979) is the short film that inspired the Degrassi
franchise: The Kids of Degrassi Street
, Degrassi Junior High
, and Degrassi: The Next Generation
. It was directed by Kit Hood
and Linda Schuyler
and was written by Amy Jo Cooper
. The story was adapted from the children's picture book Ida Makes a Movie
, written by Kay Chorao
The National Film Board of Canada
is sponsoring a movie festival. Ida Lucas is a nine year old girl who decides to make a movie about the environment (ie garbage), and enter it into the festival. The judges, thinking the film is about war, accept Ida's film into the festival finals.
- Zoe Newman - Ida Lucas
- Dawn Harrison - Catherine "Cookie" Peters
- Allan Melusi - Fred Lucas
- Linda Schuyler's friend Bruce Mackey let his house be used as a location; his dog Rayn appears in the film.
Ida Makes A Movie
inspired directors Kit Hood and Linda Schuyler to create The Kids Of Degrassi Street
and then Degrassi Junior High
etc. Today it has turned into a major franchise that has spread to numerous countries. Season 8 of Degrassi: The Next Generation
will air on Canada's CTV in October 2008.
- Chorao, Kay (1974). Ida Makes a Movie. New York City: Seabury Press.