Maudie, based on the true story of Nova Scotia artist Maud Lewis, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maud (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maud, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. Maudie charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maud’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.
“Maud’s story epitomizes triumph over adversity” (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia) Peoples’ Choice Award – Vancouver International Film Festival 2016
Presented with the Salt Spring National Art Prize 2017