Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 16, 2009 16:14 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Death of Allan King

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 16, 2009) -

Our country has lost one of its greatest and most innovative independent filmmakers with the death of Allan King. His startlingly realistic documentaries brought new attention to this genre, which has since continued to grow in popularity. His extensive body of work has left an indelible mark on Canadian filmmakers past, present, and future.

Mr. King was born in 1930 in Vancouver, and after experiencing the Great Depression and a troubled family life, studied philosophy at the University of British Columbia. His resulting sympathy for the subjects of his films was evident in his work, making it accessible to audiences world-wide.

The many documentary and other films of Allan King garnered numerous awards, and he served as president of the Director's Guild of Canada from 1989 to 1999. In 2003, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to express my condolences to family and friends of Allan King.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca