HEARTLAND FILM FESTIVAL
October 12 - 22
MORELIA FILM FESTIVAL
October 20 - 29
ANCHORAGE FILM FESTIVAL
December 1 - 10
BAHAMAS FILM FESTIVAL
December 10 - 17
Ontario - 1972.
Miles, a young theatre actor from Toronto, arrives in Huron County at the home of Angus and Morgan, two aging bachelor farmers. Miles stays with the two farmers in order to gather stories about rural life and make a play abut it. All three of their lives are irrevocably altered when art attempts to imitate life and the line between truth and fiction is crossed.
Although the clash between rural shrewdness and urban naiveté initially makes this film a comedy, the story ultimately evolves into a compelling drama of loyal friendship, lost love and abiding devotion.
In its thematic exploration of the differences between myth and reality, The Drawer Boy makes us aware of the small yet important difference between truth and fiction. And in doing so it exposes history not as a faithful documentation of the past but merely as a collective agreement of values.
The Drawer Boy is based on the play by Michael Healey and is one of the most produced plays in Canada and the U.S.A.
The roots of Healey's play The Drawer Boy lie in an historic chapter of Canadian theatre history.
In 1972, a group of young, Toronto based actors, working with Toronto's Theatre Passe Muraille, embarked on a project which involved the study of an Ontario farming community. Actors lived with farm families in the community of Clinton, Ontario, labored on these farms and collected stories from the people they encountered. The stories were developed into a collective theatrical production called The Farm Show, which opened in Toronto and later toured parts of Canada.
Almost thirty years later -in a true post-modern example of fiction inspired by art inspired by reality- The Drawer Boy was created by fictionalizing the historic events surrounding The Farm Show and telling a story that could have come out of that project, but didn't.
This is the first time The Drawer Boy has been adapted to film.