Toronto on Film

Toronto on Film

Geoff Pevere, edited by With Piers Handling, Matthew Hays, Wyndham Wise, Brenda Longfellow, Steve Gravestock, and Justin D. Edwards. Geoff Pevere
Distribution: Global except Canada
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Format: Paperback 21 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-968-91322-2
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No Canadian city has been featured in cinema more than Toronto. The reel city of Toronto is a place of fascinating complexity, rich contradiction, and radical transformation. In Toronto on Film, Geoff Pevere looks at Toronto’s portrayal by filmmakers such as David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan and in seminal films such as Don Owen’s Nobody Waved Goodbye and Don Shebib’s Goin’ Down the Road. Pevere shows how filmmakers such as Deepa Mehta (Sam and Me, Bollywood/Hollywood) and Srnivas Krishna (Masala) created an alternative and magical view of the city. The book also includes essays by critic and scholar Matthew Hays; Toronto International Film Festival co-director and CEO Piers Handling; former Take One editor and publisher, Wyndham Wise; filmmaker and scholar Brenda Longfellow; and associate director of Canadian programming at TIFF, Steve Gravestock.

Author Bio

Geoff Pevere is former film critic for the Toronto Star, where he now writes about books. He is author (with Greig Dymond) of Mondo Canuck: A Canadian Pop Culture Odyssey and Team Spirit: A Field Guide to Roots Culture.


“A smoothly modulated chronology peppered with insightful observations about Toronto's civic and cinematic history.”
 — Adam Nayman

“The reel city of Toronto, featured in cinema more than any other Canadian city, is a place of fascinating complexity, rich contradiction, and radical transformation. Exploring its film portrayals, this book shows how an alternative and magical view of the city emerged.”

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Piers Handling
1. By Way of an Introduction by Piers Handling
2. Flickering City: Toronto on Film until 2002 by Geoff Pevere
3. Strange Fugitive, Strange City: Reading Urban Space in Morley Callaghan's Toronto by Justin D. Edwards
4. Up from the Underground: Filmmaking in Toronto from Winter Kept Us Warm to Shivers by Wyndham Wise
5. Surfing the Toronto New Wave: Policy, Paradigm Shifts and Post-Nationalism by Brenda Longfellow
6. Where is Here? Here is Queer: Four Defining Bent Moments in Toronto Films by Matthew Hays
7. Conclusion: Toronto on Film Since 2002 by Steve Gravestock
Filmography: 175 Key Toronto Films
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