Al Purdy Was Here
Showings
Hot Docs Ted Rogers CinemaFri, Dec 4, 2015 6:30 PM Not Available
 
Hot Docs Ted Rogers CinemaSat, Dec 5, 2015 3:30 PM Not Available
 
Hot Docs Ted Rogers CinemaTue, Dec 8, 2015 6:30 PM Not Available
 
Hot Docs Ted Rogers CinemaWed, Dec 9, 2015 3:00 PM Not Available
 
Hot Docs Ted Rogers CinemaMon, Dec 21, 2015 4:30 PM Not Available
 
Hot Docs Ted Rogers CinemaSat, Dec 26, 2015 8:45 PM Not Available
 
Hot Docs Ted Rogers CinemaThu, Jan 14 8:15 PM Not Available
 
Film Info
Run Time:90 min
Director(s):Brian D. Johnson
Country:Canada
Released:2015
Rating:PG
Featuring:Gordon Pinsent, Leonard Cohen, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Gord Downie, Bruce Cockburn, Sarah
Description

Encore: Bringing back some of the hottest documentaries for an encore presentation.

Two-time Governor General's Award-winner Al Purdy was a charismatic tower of contradictions: a "sensitive man" who whipped out a poem in a bar fight; a factory worker who found grace in an Arctic flower; a mentor to young writers who remained a stranger to his sons. Purdy was famous for his diverse and stirring poetry, boisterous and rabble-rousing personality and A-frame house in Roblin Lake, Ontario, which became a mecca for pioneers of Canadian literature including Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje and Dennis Lee. Fresh off the screens of this year’s TIFF, director Brian D. Johnson blends archival footage with readings, reminiscences and live performances from those who have been touched by Purdy's life—including Leonard Cohen, Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Pinsent and Tanya Tagaq—to create a complex and moving portrait of the “last, best and most Canadian poet.”

Director Brian D. Johnson will participate in a post-screening Q&A on January 14.

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Winner—3rd Place, People's Choice Award, Documentary, TIFF 2015