Films By Michael Ondaatje

Directed by Michael Ondaatje

Mongrel Media | March 1, 2007 | DVD

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"Two stunning portraits from the Golden Age of collective creation. These films provide an indispensable lens for viewing Michael Ondaatje's fiction. Here is early evidence of his life-long fascination with outsiders who reinvent the rules..." David Young

For the first time ever, Michael Ondaatje's films are being released on DVD. A special collector's disc containing three seminal pieces of work created and shot in the 70's by Canada's award-winning and internationally recognized author.

THE CLINTON SPECIAL: A Film About The Farm Show (1974, 71 mins.) chronicles a group of actors who in 1972 went into an Ontario farming community to build a play of what they saw and learned. This famous experimental collaborative 'grassroots' play by Paul Thompson and Theatre Passe Muraille brought to that community a sense of awe, delight and reflection of their own language and culture.

In SONS OF CAPTAIN POETRY (1970, 29 mins.) Ondaatje documents the work and spirit of bpNichol (1944-88), "Canada's convention-shattering voice of poetry" (Globe and Mail). Ondaatje captures the artist/writer/sound performer and uncovers what made him influence a generation of North American and European poets and writers.

CARRY ON CRIME AND PUNISHMENT (1970, 5 mins.), Ondaatje's whimsical slapstick 'docu-drama' follows a couple of crooked Canadian Poets who try to kidnap a dog.

DVD Special Features:
• A conversation between Michael Ondaatje and David Young
• Interviews with actors, directors and writers about how The Farm Show has continued to influence Canadian theatre
• Inside Booklet Featuring The Farm Show actors and bpNichol pictures,sketches and notes.
• Michael Ondaatje Biography

Michael Ondaatje's books include In the Skin of a Lion and The English Patient which won the Booker Prize and was turned into an Academy Award winning film by Anthony Minghella. Michael Ondaatje lives in Toronto.

Video Release: March 1, 2007

Theatrical Release: 1974

Runtime: 115

Studio: Mongrel Media

UPC: 629159032160

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Films By Michael Ondaatje

Directed by Michael Ondaatje

Video Release: March 1, 2007

Theatrical Release: 1974

Runtime: 115

Studio: Mongrel Media

UPC: 629159032160


Edition Description
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
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