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In Conversation With... Gordon Pinsent

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One of Canada's most beloved actors joins us at TIFF Bell Lightbox to look back at his remarkable, six-decade career and his work with such talents as Julie Christie, Norman Jewison, Christopher Plummer, and Sarah Polley.

One of Canada's most beloved and versatile actors, Gordon Pinsent has been charming and illuminating audiences at home and abroad since beginning his professional career in the late 1950s — a decade after leaving Newfoundland for Toronto. His screen credits include the key Canadian television series Quentin Durgens, M.P. (65–69) and such groundbreaking features as Peter Carter's Newfoundland-set The Rowdyman (72), which Pinsent wrote and starred in. He was introduced to international film audiences in 1968 via the influential The Thomas Crown Affair, directed by fellow Canadian Norman Jewison; dozens of film and TV performances later, he had confirmed his legendary status by the time he wrote, directed, and starred in 1987's John and the Missus (alongside Jackie Burroughs). The first two decades of the 21st century have found him as busy as ever, and feature what might be his most indelible roles: that of Grant (opposite Julie Christie's Fiona) in Sarah Polley's Away from Her (06). Most recently, Pinsent's life and work was charted in director Brigitte Berman's deeply affecting documentary profile The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent, which made its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Join us in conversation with Gordon Pinsent as he looks back on a career for the ages.

Depuis la fin des années 1950, soit 10 ans après avoir quitté Terre-Neuve pour Toronto, l'acteur de renom Gordon Pinset mène une brillante et polyvalente carrière qui ne cesse de charmer les spectateurs canadiens et internationaux. Parmi ses principaux accomplissements à l'écran se trouvent Quentin Durgens, M.P. (65–69), une série canadienne majeure, de même que The Rowdyman (72), une œuvre phare réalisée par Peter Carter à Terre-Neuve et à laquelle Pinsent a pris part en tant que scénariste et acteur principal. Il a été révélé au public étranger par le film marquant The Thomas Crown Affair (68) du cinéaste canadien Norman Jewison. Puis, après une douzaine d'interprétations au cinéma et à la télévision, son statut d'artiste légendaire était confirmé. En 1987, il a scénarisé et réalisé John and the Missus, dans lequel il a aussi tenu la vedette avec Jackie Burroughs. Et les deux premières décennies du 21e siècle ont été plus chargées que jamais : il y campé certains de ses plus grands rôles, notamment Grant dans Away from Her (06), film de Sarah Polley dans lequel il donne la réplique à Julie Christie (jouant Fiona). Plus récemment, la vie et l'œuvre de Pinsent ont été explorées par la réalisatrice Brigitte Berman dans l'émouvant portrait documentaire The River of My Dreams : A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent. La première mondiale de ce film a eu lieu au TIFF en 2016. Participez à notre discussion avec Gordon Pinsent, qui revient sur les moments marquants de son impressionnante carrière.

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Peter Keleghan

Born and raised in Montreal, Peter Keleghan studied acting at John Abbott College and Concordia University. After studying acting abroad, Peter went on to become a member of The Second City, The Stratford Music and Shaw Festivals. In the late '80s, Peter joined up with Steve Smith and co-wrote and starred in 60 episodes of the Gemini Award–winning The Comedy Mill. From there, Peter brought the character of Ranger Gord to The Red Green Show for 14 seasons. Peter has also guest starred in some of television’s most popular series including Seinfeld, Murphy Brown, Cheers and General Hospital. In the mid-'90s, he created the role of Jim Walcott with Ken Finkleman for The Newsroom. From there, Rick Mercer asked him to join the cast of Made In Canada as Alan Roy, that completed a very successful five-year run. Peter also had recurring roles on Showcase's Slings And Arrows and Billable Hours, as well as the CBC’s The Ron James Show, The Rick Mercer Report, Republic of Doyle, and can currently be seen on Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope, Workin’ Moms and Bruno and Boots. He won the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for hosting CBC’s The War Of 1812: Been There, Won That, and is an 18-time Gemini Award nominee and a five-time winner in the category of Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series.