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.