CanFilmDay honours the passing of screen legend Gordon Pinsent with online offerings and screenings across the country featuring Colm Feore, Mary Walsh, and Peter O’Brian
CanFilmDay honours the passing of Canadian screen legend Gordon Pinsent with screenings across the country and special online offerings.
Special events include screenings in Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver, all of which will feature live Q&As, as well as online offerings. John and the Missus (1987) is considered by many to be Pinsent’s crowning achievement. Written and directed by him and featuring a Best Actor Genie Award-winning performance, the film is a moving exploration of the question “What is home?”. Screenings of this rarely seen masterwork are at the heart of our tribute:
- Nationwide, in partnership with FRIENDS, the movie will be made available to all Canadians, streaming for free on our digital platform, courtesy of producer Peter O’Brian. The film will be preceded by a video tribute to Pinsent’s indelible legacy.
- In Toronto at the Scotiabank Theatre, a screening of John and the Missus will be followed by a conversation with Gordon’s old friend and fellow Newfoundlander, comedy icon Mary Walsh, hosted by fellow Governor General Award Winner Colm Feore. (This event is a ticketed event with all proceeds going to The Actors Fund of Canada).
That screening is part of an all-day Gordon Pinsent marathon at Scotiabank featuring screenings of the classics The Rowdyman and Away from Her, and rare samples of early television work in the US and Canada.
- In Ottawa, the Canadian Film Institute will present John and the Missus, followed by an online Q&A with co-star Mary Walsh.
- John and the Missus will also be showcased at the Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts in Pinsent’s home town of Grand-Falls-Windsor, NL, and in Vancouver at the Vancouver International Film Festival’s Vancity Theatre, where it will be followed by a q&a with producer Peter O’Brian.