Newfoundland’s Mad Mummer Media was founded in 2009 to “develop and produce independent films and other audiovisual media in Newfoundland and Labrador.” Their focus is on “strong stories rooted in the human experience.”

Saturday night at 8:30, CBC will be premiering their documentary, Sister Morphine, “a gritty, provocative documentary about Newfoundland and Labrador nurses struggling with addiction to the drugs they administer on a daily basis, and the discrimination and stigmas they face both privately and professionally. Overworked, strung out, and publicly criminalized, these nurses find themselves caught in a web of healthcare mismanagement – personal, professional, and provincial.”

The documentary was written by Mark Hoffe and directed by Brad Gover. The duo produced the doc as well. Sister Morphine screened at this year’s Nickel Independent Film Festival. Overcast writer Lauren Power caught the film back then, and had this to say about the piece:

“When talking about the causes of addiction, things like ‘coming from a broken home’ are way less dramatic than ‘a lack of infrastructure, supervision and support.’ However, the importance of the latter is held in focus for Mad Mummer’s documentary on the issue of on-the-job addictions of nurses in the province.

The film uses light and shadow to cast its subjects: voices of the establishment are filmed under bright studio lights, and sympathetic informants are cast in shadow, like former nurse Ben Cox. Cox is at the centre of the film, and while he is not always sympathetic, it’s clear that he’s not to blame for the failings of a system that did not recognize his abuses.”