Watch: Uncover the Raw Feelings Behind Canada’s Most Legendary Poet in TIFF Doc ‘Al Purdy Was Here’
Watch: Uncover the Raw Feelings Behind Canada's Most Legendary Poet in TIFF Doc 'Al Purdy Was Here'
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One man revolutionized and revitalized Canadian literature, and he his finally getting the cinematic attention he deserves in Brian D. Johnson’s documentary, “Al Purdy Was Here.”
The documentary follows Canadian poet Al Purdy both musically and cinematically throughout his career. It also focuses on the revival of a grassroots movement after his death to preserve Purdy’s A-Frame cabin as a writing retreat. The cabin became a famous hangout for Canadian literature pioneers, including Margaret Lawrence, Margaret Atwood and Michael Ondaatje.
The documentary features archival materials and first-hand accounts, including interviews with his publisher Howard White, editor Sam Solecki, wife Jean Baird and writers Dennis Lee, Steven Heighton and George Bowering.
“Al Purdy Was Here” will have its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Check out the trailer for the documentary above, courtesy of Films We Like.
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