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ARTIST ON FIRE

Canada, 1987 (MIFF 1988, Documentary)

Director: Kay Armatage

Artist on Fire is a portrait, first and foremost, of the artist at work For her documentary on renowned Canadian artist, Joyce Weiland, Armatage isn't content to follow the conventional, show-and-tell rules of art documentaries.

In relation to this artistic process, analysis is placed in its rightful secondary place, instead she employs a virtual sound collage of commentary, observations and anecdotes spoken by unidentified expert hosts. Nothing is allowed to come between us, as viewers, and the work the film is about. Nothing that is, except perhaps for the unfailingly charming, self-deprecating and vibrant personality of Weiland herself Winner of the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

We are pleased to welcome director Kay Armatage to this year's festival She will introduce her film which screens before the seminar on the New Canadian Cinema on Thursday 23 June.

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