Winter Wonder

Rating: NNNNWINTER KEPT US WARM (David Secter, 1965), a feature-length student film made in 1965 by 22-year-old fourth-year U of.


Rating: NNNN

WINTER KEPT US WARM (David Secter, 1965), a feature-length student film made in 1965 by 22-year-old fourth-year U of T student Secter, whose only film credit until then was an eight-minute short, was recently unearthed. Using Hart House Theatre actors, a Ryerson camera crew and very few dollars, Secter pulled off a filmmaking miracle, moulding a tender drama about the friendship between two U or T students — senior party-boy Doug (John Labow) harbours a secret homosexual crush on awkward first-year student Peter (Henry Tarvainen). Secter handles the then touchy subject matter with aplomb, and the film went on to be the first Canadian feature selected for the Cannes Film Festival. Winter Kept Us Warm is a fascinating time capsule, allowing us a glimpse of the provincial Toronto of the 60s — it’s amazing how little Yonge Street and the U of T campus have changed. The film wraps up the first-ever U of T Film Festival, which showcases student films from across Canada. NNNN (March 2, 7 pm, Hart House Theatre see Other Films, this page, for complete details)

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