The Hanging Garden

Director: Thom Fitzgerald Year: 1997 Run Time: 91min
The Hanging Garden (Le jardin suspendu) (1997)

Growing up as a depressed, overweight gay teen in Nova Scotia was hard for young William, so he ran away at the age of 15 and never looked back. That is, until ten years later when he returns for his sister’s wedding, and must face the dysfunctional family and oppressive community he thought he had left behind.

A challenging, evocative and artful drama about coming to terms with one’s past, one’s family and one’s identity. The Hanging Garden explores how the choices we make can affect the future — for us, and for those whose lives we touch.

“The heart of the movie is its insight into the way families are haunted by their own history.” — Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times

Staff Pick:

"The past literally hangs around the present in both a heartwarming and heartbreaking story." —Alison


Thom Fitzgerald


Thom Fitzgerald


Thom Fitzgerald, Louise Garfield, Arnie Gelbart


Chris Leavins, Kerry Fox, Sarah Polley, Joan Orenstein, Seana McKenna






English, French


The Hanging Garden is filmed and set in Nova Scotia. Thom Fitzgerald is from Nova Scotia.

Ratings by Province:

NR Alberta
14A British Columbia
R Manitoba
14A New Brunswick
14A Newfoundland and Labrador
14A Nova Scotia
NR Northwest Territories
NR Nunavut
14A Ontario
14A Prince Edward Island
13+ Québec
14A Saskatchewan
14A Yukon