The Tour

Alice, a broken-hearted bus tour guide in St. John’s, Newfoundland, unexpectedly tells her tales of love and loss to a group of life-weary tourists and realizes the power of the moments she has experienced in the city.

Creative team

Writer/director: Jenina MacGillivray
Producers: Jenina MacGillivray, Ruth Lawrence

Director’s statement

I have always been fascinated by interactions between strangers in public places, the personas we develop, when we decide to let them drop, how this can bring people together and, at times, how we can affect each other. Often we are sitting only a few feet from another human being, but generally we remain in our own worlds.

I am interested in the interplay that can happen between people when we let those personas drop and connect with each other, even if it’s only for a short time.

The Tour has that question at its heart, personified by the character of Alice the reluctant tour bus guide, played by the amazing Willow Kean.

About Jenina MacGillivray

Jenina McGillivray

Jenina MacGillivray is a musician/writer/director based in St. John’s, NL.

A former Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) international intern, she trained with the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-op (NIFCO) and studied screenwriting in Prague, Czech Republic.

Jenina attended the Summer Institute of Film and Television (SIFT) session run by Peter Wintonick, her longtime mentor. She has an MA in philosophy in the area of phenomenology and film theory.

In 2015 she received the RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award for her script of The Tour.

Jenina is interested in developing both documentary and dramatic film projects.

She was recently awarded the prestigious Picture Start grant from NIFCO for her latest short film Skip.


  1. Nancy Winsor

    The geography of love, St. John’s style. Lovely.

  2. Matthew

    My God! I’m 65 years old, married twice and living comfortably solo for the last 10 years. I can’t believe this little piece hit me like it did!. Ms MacGillivray is doing something right and that is probably an understatement. After watching it for the second time, I realized it wasn’t just the excellent presentation of Willow Keen; all the actors without lines were just perfect!
    That is how you tell a great story in 7 minutes. I would have posted this comment directly to her VIMEO post, but comments were closed.
    But the emotional effect was so great that I had to post it somewhere. So it looks like you’re up it
    Thanks for the post

  3. Danine Farquharson

    Peter Parker, AC/DC, The Princess Bride, dish soap and love. The Tour is perfect.

  4. Maggie

    This was lovely. Do yourself a favour and watch this :)

  5. Talk about seven minutes in heaven. Give yourself a mental break to knit your heart a cashmere sweater today – so much cuteness packed into one little movie; way to go, Jenina MacGillivray!

  6. A R McGe

    Love love love.

  7. Gerald Wexler

    Very funny, poignant, original and endearing

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