36 Hitchin Road

An intimate documentary that explores the unique relationship between a dying elderly woman and her unlikely caregiver

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About the Filmmaker


Lorna  Kirk has been immersed in film and television – as a director, field  producer, researcher and editor – since earning her Master’s degree in  Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester, England in 1999. 

Her  award-winning film A Little Bit of Freedom (NEPAL/UK) was recognized by  the International Documentary Association in Los Angeles with its David  L. Wolper Award. A Little Bit of Freedom went on to screen at the 53rd  Cannes International Film Festival as part of the Kodak Emerging  Filmmaker Showcase, and has been presented at film festivals around the  world. 

Lorna’s  director and field producer credits include the documentary series  Tasty Planet / Cooking Metropolis (BBC 1); Forensic Firsts Season 1 and  Season 2 (Smithsonian Channel); the Gemini Award wining series Canada’s  Super Speller (CBC) and Street Cents (CBC). 

Lorna has directed on several  of CBC’s flagship shows (Land & Sea/Doc Zone). Her work is  intimate, reflecting her belief that great documentaries can only be  made through an honest approach that results in a revealing exchange  with her subjects.

Animating Dementia

 This film explores the rich and complex world that Peggy and Brian both occupy through a combination of animation and live action footage captured in the home over a ten year period starting before Peggy’s first stroke. The animation sequences follow Peggy’s wave of consciousness, often following her transition in and out of reality.  

The Film

36 Hitchin Road captures the gritty intimacy of the relationship between a wayward adult son and his dying mother. An artistic portrait of a life nearing its end and the accidental caregiver determined to see it through with unexpected tenderness and a lot of smoke breaks. Warmth, humour and pioneering visual storytelling weave this poignant material into a portrait of two ordinary people in a reversal of roles no one could have predicted.


This is Lorna Kirk's recent award winning animated National Film Board film 'Him'. The animation stye of hand drawn charcoal drawings will also be used in 36 Hitchin Road


Screen Nova Scotia

Awarded Excellence in Animation for Him 2018

FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival

Best Atlantic Animation 2017

Silver Wave Film Festival

Best Animation 2017 for 'Him'

Film Festival Laurels (Him)

Kirk's film continues on the film festival circuit with her short animation 'Him'

HotDocs BravoFactual Winner 2017

Kirk pitched her film at the annual HotDocs International Documentary Film festival as part of the BravoFactual pitching event. Lorna was awarded $20000 towards her documentary film '36 Hitchin Road'

Harold Greenburg Fund 2017

Kirk was a finalist in the 2017 Feature Film Script Writing Program at FIN:Atlantic International Film Festival


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36 Hitchin Road Documentary - Over the Moon Productions

5686 Bloomfield Street, Halifax, NS B3K1T2, ca

(902) 830-6370