Look, she’s real sarry, but we talk funny, eh?

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Ran­dall King

AMER­I­CANS joke about the Cana­dian pen­chant for of­fer­ing pro­fuse apolo­gies.

But maybe it’s not the apol­ogy it­self that marks us as Cana­di­ans, but the way we say: “Sorry.”

Win­nipeg-born ac­tress Ta­mara Gorski sug­gests that our pro­nun­ci­a­tion of that word is one of the Cana­dian give­aways, one that she en­deav­ours to cor­rect in a spe­cial work­shop she has de­vised for Cana­dian ac­tors work­ing on Amer­i­can films.

Of­ten, movies shot here are set in Amer­i­can towns or cities, Gorski says. “Pro­duc­ers and direc­tors from the States who come to town and want to hire lo­cally are go­ing to look for ac­tors who don’t sound like they were ac­tors cast in Win­nipeg.”

“O” words such as “toast” and “sorry” are give­aways, Gorski says, be­cause Cana­di­ans pro­nounce them with lips and mouths for­ward.

“The Amer­i­can ac­cent is flat, like a pan­cake,” she says, of­fer­ing up an Amer­i­can pro­nun­ci­a­tion of “sorry” as “sah-rry.”

As for Gorski her­self, she of­fers no apolo­gies for her knowl­edge. It has come with a cou­ple of decades of work­ing all over the world as an ac­tress on stage, tele­vi­sion and film.

“I wanted to give my­self the task of shar­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence I’ve culled trav­el­ling around to teach our lo­cal ac­tors what they need to fo­cus on and learn to make sure they can stay com­pet­i­tive with ac­tors from other cities,” she says. My Awk­ward Sex­ual Ad­ven­ture. She teaches act­ing classes in tech­nique, in ad­di­tion to more spe­cial­ized work­shops such as the Amer­i­can ac­cent work­shops Feb. 16-17 and March 9-10.

She also in­tends to make up for lost time when it comes to catch­ing up with Win­nipeg’s cul­tural scene, which she left be­hind when she moved to Toronto more than 20 years ago to study Fine Arts at Ry­er­son Univer­sity. (She ad­mits she was ini­tially go­ing to take medicine, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of her physi­cian fa­ther, Dr. Bro­nis­law Gorski, who died in 2010. But the­atre won out, and it proved to be a smart choice since she quickly earned her first movie and TV cred­its.)

So on top of teach­ing, act­ing and be­ing a mom, Gorski is up to her neck in study­ing the works of Win­nipeg film­mak­ers such as Guy Maddin and John Paizs, who helped de­fine Win­nipeg’s cul­ture while she was gone. Since she her­self has made films in the in­terim, she has no­ticed cer­tain sim­i­lar­i­ties in style.

“The films I’ve made are not un­like the films that I’ve seen,” she says. “There are themes of iso­la­tion and a ro­man­tic, al­most sen­ti­men­tal, old-fash­ioned cin­e­matic qual­ity and I find that even though I’ve sort of been in ex­ile, even though I might have shot them in Toronto or New Zealand, they sort of oddly fit,” she says, adding there will be more work to come from.

“I have films to pitch and doc­u­men­tary sub­jects to shoot, plays to write and songs to sing.”

Stu­dents in­ter­ested in tak­ing classes or work­shops with Gorski can email her at con­tact@tama­ragorski.com or call 204-272-3799.

Gorski: ‘shar­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence’

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