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NOMINATED:

  • 5 awards at the 2002 "Hot Docs" Canadian International Documentary Festival (including Gold Award for Best Canadian Documentary)!!

  • 2 awards at the 18th Annual Gemini Awards (October 18-20, 2003) for Best Documentary (Science/Nature) and Best Editing!!

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  • "Those of us who are differently abled have to choose between living as a survivor or living as a sufferer. Duncan McKinley is a shining example of how each of us has the power to define our own life. He is an inspiration to us all." Montel Williams

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Film Synopsis


"He barks, spits, and shakes. He can't help it. He's also witty, funny, and brilliant. Duncan McKinlay has Tourette Syndrome. At age 7 he noticed what he called a devil in his head. It made his life hell. His parents thought he was delinquent. His classmates were sure he was nuts. He says the boss inside him who would normally control his strange urges had gone on a permanent coffee break. In his teens, it wasn't a question of whether to kill himself, but when.

At 19 he was finally diagnosed. He focused everything he had on researching TS. It's now his life path. He's come to understand all his strange ticks are release triggers for the high energy charging through him. At 27 he's a virtuoso at channeling this energy. He's almost finished a Doctorate in psychology. He's in nationwide demand for his workshops that enlighten, entertain and boost the spirits of the 1% across Canada who have Tourette's.

"Life's a Twitch takes us on a quirky ride into Duncan's world. Where he polished a hearse for two days outside the gothic mansion funeral parlour that was his home. Where he endlessly built and demolished cities of Lego. Where he now moves like Elvis belting out songs than turn his nightmare into a celebration."


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Film Production and Credits

Written & Directed by
Cindy Bisaillon

Produced & Edited by
Tina Hahn

Cinematography by
Chris Romeike

Produced with the assistance of the
DOCUMENTARY CALLING CARD PROGRAM,
an initiative of the
ONTARIO MEDIA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
in partnership with
TVONTARIO
with the participation of
CANADIAN INDEPENDENT FILM CAUCUS, and
HOT DOCS CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL

Symmetree Media
P: 416.704.0948 E: hahn@rogers.com

www.symmetreemedia.com

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The creation of, "Life's A Twitch!" occurred prior to Dr. McKinlay's registration as a psychologist (with the exception of Nix Your Tics!, published in October 2008). As such, much of the content on this website represents the personal, anecdotal, and research perspectives of B. Duncan McKinlay from that time period. To access writings which reflect his current perspectives as as a mental health professional, visitors are advised to access the Brake Shop clinic website.  It is Dr. McKinlay's belief that each website is valid: unique strengths and resources stem from each perspective. In the event that any contradictory information exists between the "Life's A Twitch!" website and the Brake Shop Clinic website, though, visitors are advised to resolve this contradiction by favouring the latter site.

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