24. February 2016 · Comments Off on Don Owen’s ‘Nobody Waved Good-bye’ · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Feature Films · Tags: ,
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don-owen.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxToronto filmmaker Don Owen has died at the age of 84. ¬†Credited with “introducing Canadians to the world and the world to Canadians” he is best known for his 1964 feature-length film¬†Nobody Waved Good-bye¬†about a teenage boy who rebels against his parents’ middle-class goals and conventions. ¬†The film began as a documentary short about¬†probation officers which he transformed into the feature film shot¬†in just three weeks.

He used a small crew of five people and no screenplay. Instead, he wrote a short outline that he would discuss with the actors and camera operator John Spotton before each scene, with dialogue then improvised based on these discussions.  He also choose to shoot one scene with hidden cameras with the actors unaware that they were being filmed.

Read more about his process on the NFB blog.

In 1984, the Toronto International Film Festival ranked Nobody Waved Good-bye number 9 on their list of the top 10 Canadian feature films of all time.

The film was distributed by Columbia pictures in the US and is now available online on the NFB’s YouTube channel.

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