As part of our fiftieth anniversary celebrations, Coach House Books is pleased to present the North American premiere of Justin Stephenson’s The Complete Works: a film based on the works of bpNichol.
Fifteen years in the making, The Complete Works adapts the work of internationally acclaimed avant-garde poet bpNichol. From comic book detective stories and westerns to documentaries and magic realism; from hand-drawn animation to computer-generated images, The Complete Works wrestles Nichol’s writing off the page and projects it onto the screen. It uses bpNichol’s poetic methods on Nichol himself to create a film that is subversive, entertaining and visually arresting.
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“The Complete Works is an exciting and immersive experience, and a fantastic introduction to the poet bpNichol’s work. Justin Stephenson has conceived an experience overflowing with wit, and beauty. More than a tribute, this film is a multi-layered evocation.”
– Atom Egoyan
“When I imagine poetry, it looks like The Complete Works. Justin Stephenson’s film honours bpNichol—and poets everywhere—by projecting the page on to the street, the clouds and our eyeballs. A wonder.”
– derek beaulieu, Poet Laureate of Calgary
“The Complete Works takes off, with us skidding off a banana peel, and we never regain our balance. It is sheer delight. It is full of stunning recreations. It has letters flying over the landscape. It has song and technical wizardry. This is the true eventual story.”
– Michael Ondaatje