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Peter Mettler


B: September 7, 1958 in Toronto, Ontario

Peter Mettler became interested in film at an early age, making his first films when he was 18-years-old. He went on to make Lancalot Freely (1980) and Gregory (1981), and the award-winning feature film Scissere (1982). In addition to his own work as a director, Mettler is an acclaimed cinematographer, working with Atom Egoyan on his first two films, as well as the early works of Patricia Rozema, Bruce McDonald, Jeremy Podeswa, Ron Mann and many other independent film makers in the 1980s. His film, The End of Time had its Canadian premiere in the Masters program at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. It is the final film in a trilogy of works that explores the limits of what can be expressed in cinema, following Picture of Light (1994) and Gambling, Gods & LSD (2002). In November of 2023, Mettler’s While the Green Grass Grows, was given the Grand Prize in the National Feature Competition at RIDM, the Montreal International Documentary Film Festival. It had previously been honoured with the Grand Prix at the Visions du réel festival. It is his latest documentary, which runs more than two and a half hours, but that is just a small part of an unusual film with a total running time of eleven hours. While the Green Grass Grows consists of chapters one and five of a gigantic seven-part work. We list his credits as a Director.

Official website

Also see: Paradox and Wonder: The Cinema of Peter Mettler, by Tom McSorley.
Also see: Peter Mettler talks about the making of The End of Time.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Super 8 (1976)
Reverie (1976)

Lancalot Freely (1980)
Gregory (1981)
Scissere (1982)
Eastern Avenue (1985)
The Top of His Head (1989)

Tectonic Plates (1992)
Picture of Light (1994)
Balifilm (1997)

Gambling, Gods and LSD (2002)
Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands (2009)

The End of Time (2012)
Broken Land (2014)
Becoming Animal (2018)

While the Green Grass Grows (2023)

The End of Time, movie, documentary, poster,
Poster for the documentary The End of Time.