Past Event

Documentary directed by Brian D. Johnson, with Margaret Atwood, Gord Downie and Leonard Cohen

7:30 PM
$11.75 (Museum VIPs: $9.50, ages 30 and under: $10.50)
Taxes and fees included

Where: Maxwell Cummings Auditorium at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (1379-A Sherbrooke Street West)


The movie is presented as part of [email protected]: Cinema screens at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The screening will take place in the Maxwell Cummings Auditorium at the MMFA.

Director Brian D. Johnson and co-writer Marni Jackson will be present.

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.

Director: Brian D. Johnson
Cast: Margaret Atwood, Jean Baird, George Bowering, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Cockburn, Sarah Harmer, Tanya Tagaq
Year: 2015
Duration: 90 minutes
Rating: not yet rated

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