Dawn Her Dad and the Tractor announced as winner of the 2022 Nova Scotia Masterworks Award | Arts + Culture | Halifax, Nova Scotia | THE COAST
The film of a newly transitioned daughter reuniting with her estranged dad is the winner of the province's top cultural prize for 2022.

Dawn Her Dad and the Tractor announced as winner of the 2022 Nova Scotia Masterworks Award

Shelley Thompson's directorial debut tells the story of a trans daughter's homecoming.

When first-time feature director Shelley Thompson debuted her flick Dawn, Her Dad and the Tractor at the 2021 FIN Atlantic International Film Festival, it was her first time seeing the final cut—and she was feeling the stakes of the moment. Back then, she told The Coast that “I think everybody's making films to change the world, on some level. I don't have any illusions, but of course I want my film to change the world and I want people to talk and I want people to be kinder and more humane and more accepting of the trans community.”

Today, it feels like Thompson is one step closer to her goal, as the flick has been announced the winner of the 2022 Nova Scotia Masterworks Award, the province's top cultural prize. Valued at $25,000, the Masterworks Award is for works in any medium. The jury state in a release that Dawn, Her Dad and the Tractorwhich follows a newly transitioned daughter and her estranged father’s attempt to patch up their relationship through doing the same to an old tractor—"provided a great depiction of what it is like to be a trans Nova Scotian."

The movie was also the acting debut of famed YouTuber Maya Henry, who told The Coast in 2021 that the film's story mirrored her own in many ways. She also said the flick's message shows "
that it's possible to reconnect with people, even after a transition, when you’re very fearful and you don't know how they're going to react, right? I think it's really important to share that side of the story."

Dawn, Her Dad and the Tractor is now streaming on Crave.

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Morgan Mullin

Morgan is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Coast, where she writes about everything from what to see and do around Halifax to profiles of the city’s creative class to larger cultural pieces. She’s been with The Coast since 2016.

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