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Al Purdy Was Here

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From the 2015 documentary, Al Purdy Was Here courtesy of Films We Like

92 minutes – documentary
Festival release date: September 15, 2015 (TIFF)
Release date: December 4, 2015
Canadian distributor: Films We Like

What does it take to carve out a career as a poet? Why on earth would anyone attempt it? Al Purdy Was Here is the portrait of an artist driven to become a great Canadian poet at a time when the category barely existed. Al Purdy is a charismatic tower of contradictions: a “sensitive man” who whips out a poem in a bar fight; a factory worker who finds grace in an Arctic flower; a mentor to young writers who remained a stranger to sons. Purdy has been called the last, best and most Canadian poet. “Voice of the Land” is engraved on his tombstone. But before finding fame as the country’s unofficial poet laureate, he endured years of poverty and failure.

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Poster and still courtesy of Films We Like.

Crew:

Producer:

Brian D. Johnson

Executive Producer:

Ron Mann

Co-Producer:

Jake Yanowski

Director:

Brian D. Johnson

Screenwriter:

Brian D. Johnson
Marni Jackson

Cinematographer:

Nick de Pencier

Editor:

Nick Taylor

Art Director:

Craig Small (Creative Director)

Cast:Roles:

In alphabetical order:

Margaret Atwood
Jean Baird
George Bowering
Joseph Boyden
Bruce Cockburn
Leonard Cohen
Gord Downie
Sarah Hammer
Michael Ondaatje
Doug Paisley
Gordon Pinsent
Al Purdy
Eurithe Purdy
Tanya Tagaq
Jesse Zubot

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