Dionne quintuplets

Canada, 1978

Film
Please note

Sorry, we don't have images or video for this item.

Back in 1934, Elzire Dionne delivered five identical girls. This documentary follows Cecile, Emilie, Marie, Yvonne and Annette through twenty one years of strange upbringing. When the girls were just infants, the premier of Ontario issued a court order removing them from their parent’s care. Cut off from the world and their family, over-publicised, viewed twice daily in a special viewing compound, they grew up as prize exhibits. Director Donald Brittain uses newsreel footage, home movie sequences and interviews to depict a historic event that became a tragic exploitation of a family.

How to watch

This work has not been digitised and is currently unavailable to view online. It may be possible for approved reseachers to view on-site.

Learn more about accessing our collection

Collection

In ACMI's collection

Credits

production company

ONF | NFB

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

co-producer

Donald Brittain

Peter Katadotis

Paul Wright

director

Donald Brittain

Duration

01:27:00:00

Production places
Canada
Production dates
1978

Please note: this archive is an ongoing body of work. Sometimes the credit information (director, year etc) isn’t available so these fields may be left blank; we are progressively filling these in with further research.

Cite this work on Wikipedia

If you would like to cite this item, please use the following template: {{cite web |url=https://acmi.net.au/works/78126--dionne-quintuplets/ |title=Dionne quintuplets |author=Australian Centre for the Moving Image |access-date=3 October 2022 |publisher=Australian Centre for the Moving Image}}