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Allan King: A Tribute
October 4, 2009 until October 25, 2009

Allan King, one of Canada’s foremost filmmakers and one of cinema’s groundbreaking (and boundary-bending) documentarians, died on June 15, 2009, at the age of 79.

Born and raised in Vancouver and a graduate of the University of British Columbia, King began his career at CBC Vancouver in the 1950s. He relocated to Toronto in the 1960s. King is best known, at home and abroad, for Warrendale (1967) and A Married Couple (1969), two highly controversial documentaries. Both were landmarks in a style of fly-on-the-wall nonfiction filmmaking known as Direct Cinema; both raised key ethical questions about the blurring of the line between "reality" and "fiction" — about how much reality is "staged" or "acted out" for the camera — in documentary.  King preferred to call these two films, and others of his in the same mode, "actuality dramas."

In addition to his extensive documentary work, King also directed several dramatic features, most notably  Who Has Seen the Wind? (1977). He was a director of television drama for many years before making an impressive return, in the last decade of his life, to his documentary roots.
                                                            
Jim Sinclair, Pacific Cinematheque (Vancouver)

Program:
Allan King  •  Canada  •  1967  •  100 min
Sunday, October 4, 2009, 7:00 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.
 
Allan King  •  Canada  •  1969  •  96 min
Saturday, October 24, 2009, 7:00 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.
 
Allan King  •  Canada  •  1973  •  94 min
Saturday, October 24, 2009, 9:00 pm, Auditorium, 395 Wellington St.