A pioneer who started his own film studio before the National Film Board, Budge Crawley all but dominated the early years of the Canadian Film Awards. He was a one-man industry who hated government handouts; a filmmaker who won Canada its first ...
feature-film Academy Award in 1976. A dynamic, vigorous, infuriating man who loved two wives and a girlfriend, occasionally at the same time, Budge Crawley was Canadian cinema.
In Barbara Wade Rose's account of the man and the moxy, Budge: What Happened to Canada's King of Film, she recounts Crawley's successes-and his failures. At 16 he picked up his first camera and focused on Canada, creating a multitude of portraits of his country that were judged among the best amateur films in the world. In 1939 Budge and his first wife, Judy, formed Crawley Films, one of North America's biggest studios outside of Hollywood, made some 5,000 films, and won more than 270 international awards. As a documentarian he was an internationalist, a schemer who beat out producers half his age for the rights to the life story of Janis Joplin by quoting Bible scripture to her fundamentalist mother. He seized from the hands of a Hollywood editor film footage about a fiasco of an expedition that would become his most famous, Oscar-winning documentary, The Man Who Skied Down Everest.
By the 1970s, as Canada's film industry grew around him, Budge Crawley
Number of pages: 300
Date of publication: 01/03/1999
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