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Al Purdy Was Here (2015)




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This documentary profiles Canadian poet Al Purdy, who first came to prominence in the 1960s with a style of writing that attempted to capture the tenor of modern life. The film includes archival footage of Purdy from television appearances, as well as interviews with friends, colleagues, and fellow artists. Directed by Brian D. Johnson, Al Purdy Was Here made its world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.


Critic Reviews for Al Purdy Was Here

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

If we didn't know who Al Purdy was before, we do now.

December 4, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Brian D. Johnson makes a strong transformation from Maclean's film critic to documentary director with this engaging account of the late Al Purdy, the colourful rebel poet who became a CanLit star.

December 3, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The mostly assured trafficking between a chronicle of Purdy's career and an assessment of his literary and familial legacy is the film's main strength, but also something of a liability.

November 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Canada's greatest poet receives a warm and eminently watchable tribute from critic turned filmmaker Brian D. Johnson.

February 22, 2016 | Full Review…

An affectionate documentry that is captivating enough to make you want to learn more ab out this droll, beer-loving wordsmith.

February 12, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Al Purdy Was Here is not a definitive portrait, and probably isn't meant to be. Instead, the film uses an image here, an anecdote there, to build up a dynamic sense of an elusive and complex personality.

December 3, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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