Don Owen: Notes on a Filmmaker and his Culture (by Steve Gravestock)

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Don Owen, perhaps best known as the director of the seminal 1964 feature Nobody Waved Goodbye, is one of the central figures in the development of English-Canadian cinema. Owen spent much of his career at the National Film Board of Canada, working on both short documentary films, including Runner; Cowboy and Indian; and You Don’t Back Down, and feature-length works such as The Ernie Game (which sparked a scandal in Parliament); the innovative, Godard-influenced short features Notes for a Film about Donna and Gail; and Ladies and Gentlemen—Mr. Leonard Cohen, a portrait of the poet co-directed with Donald Brittain. In Don Owen: Notes on a Filmmaker and His Culture, the first book-length treatment of themes and motifs in Owen’s work, Steve Gravestock situates Owen within a cultural context while focusing on the development of the English-Canadian film industry in the 1960s and beyond. The book also features interviews with Owen and many of his principal collaborators.