Allan King

Active - 1956 - 2006  |   Born - Feb 6, 1930 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada  |   Died - Jun 15, 2009 in Toronto, Onatrio, Canada  |   Genres - Culture & Society [nf], Drama

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Internationally acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Allan King is among his country's best filmmakers. His most famous film is his debut Warrendale, a wrenching documentary examination of life in a home for emotional disturbed teens. So brutal and disturbing was the 1966 made-for-television film that neither the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation nor the BBC would air the film. He released it theatrically in 1966 and it won a prize at Cannes and earned him a reputation as a major filmmaker. King was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. Before becoming a director he obtained a degree in philosophy, worked as a cabbie and traveled throughout Europe. In 1954 he began working for the CBC and became a television director in 1956. During the '60s, King began working independently as a director and producer. Later he took much of the footage he had not used in Warrendale and used it to create Children in Conflict, an 18-part television series. In addition to producing and directing features and television shows in Canada, King also made films in Great Britain.

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