The Young, the Restless, and the Dead
Interviews with Canadian Filmmakers
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The Young, the Restless, and the Dead captures the spirit of Canadian filmmakers through interviews with the most accomplished and dynamic of yesterday’s, today’s, and tomorrow’s film greats. Funny, provocative, and enlightening, the filmmakers reflect on their careers and explore with the interviewers the issues that challenge them.
This book features an interview with a late director (Jean-Claude Lauzon) whose work is recognized in the canon as outstanding; interviews with filmmakers who are accomplished in their fields and have to their credit a sizeable body of work (Blake Corbet, Andrew Currie, Brent Carlson, Guy Maddin, Lynne Stopkewich, Anne Wheeler, Gary Burns, and Mina Shum); and an interview with a young director new to the field (Michael Dowse). Together these players in the Canadian film scene capture the energy, success, and tribulations of a fascinating cultural industry.
The Young, the Restless, and the Dead is the first volume in a series of interviews with key cultural creators in the field of cinema. It seeks to bring to a wide audience the insights and emotions, the trials and achievements of significant figures in Canadian film.
George Melnyk talks about The Young, the Restless, and the Dead with Eric Volmers of the Calgary Herald. Read the interview online.
George Melnyk is an associate professor of Canadian studies and film studies in the Faculty of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary. He is a cultural historian who specializes in Canadian film and literature. The author and editor of almost twenty books, he is best known for his two-volume Literary History of Alberta (1998—99) and One Hundred Years of Canadian Cinema (2004).
“Interview books can have the advantage of enhancing the accessibility and plasticity of a topic, and Melnyk, who tagged this collection in an interview as a ‘fun little book’ that is to ‘capture the fun of filmmaking’, certainly zeros in on this effect by including storyboards, film stills, photos and a very clearly arranged layout. Moreover his selection of directors is far from being well-worn, Guy Madden being the only realy big name among Michael Dowse, the Anagram Picture boys Blake Corbet, Andrew Currie and Trent Carlson, Mina Shum, Lynn Stopkewich, Gary Burns, Anne Wheeler and Jean-Claude Lauzon, thus presenting a panorama.”
— Johannes Springer, University of Bremen, British Journal of Canadian Studies
“The interviews ... are certainly accessible, and the relevant expertise of the participating interviewer leads to some insightful questions about filmmaking process and the filmmaker’s experiences and ideals.... As a teacher of Canadian film I imagine this is the sort of book which might capture the interest of new scholars with its attractive presentation and the personal insights that the interview format elicits.... [A] worthwhile addition to a Canadian film scholar’s library and will hopefully increase attention to Canadian film both in Canada and beyond.”
— Rachel Walls, University of Nottingham, UK, Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies
“The Young, the Restless, and the Dead will contribute to putting Canadian filmmakers, upcoming and established, on the national and international map.”
— Claudia Kotte, H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences