A Winter Tan


93 mins, 1987
The critically acclaimed feature drama starring Jackie Burroughs was based on the book “Give Sorrow Words – Maryse Holder’s Letters From Mexico”


  • Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television – Genie Award – Best Actor
  • Genie nominations – Best Picture and Best Director


  • Co-Directors: Jackie Burroughs, Louise Clark, John Frizzell, John Walker, Aerlyn Weissman
  • Cinematographer: John Walker, csc
  • Editor: Alan Lee
  • Sound: Aerlyn Weissman, Don White, Michael Liota, Astral Vellvue Pathe
  • Music: Ahmed Hassan, John Lang
  • Associate Producer Mexico: Dulce Kuri
  • Production Company: A Winter Tan

“Strange movie, impossible to classify. It’s based on letters by American feminist Maryse Holder, sent to girlfriends back home while she was abandoning herself to lust in Mexico, published (after her death at the hands of a Mexican stud) under the title Give Sorrow Words. The movie is framed as a sexual monologue: we see much more of the author (played by co-director Burroughs in a performance of awesome spiritual nakedness) than we do of the Mexican cocks she craves. The result is a bit like a female rewrite of Genet, a meditation in strictly physical terms on sex, desire, and frustration. Whatever else you think about it, it’s certainly the only film of its kind.”  Time Out, London

Jay Scott on A Winter Tan

/ Globe and Mail

"To say that there has never been a Canadian movie quite like A Winter Tan is to say too little; there has never been a movie anywhere quite like A Winter Tan"