Allan King

Warrendale

Warrendale

For his enthralling first feature, Allan King took his cameras to a home for emotionally disturbed young people. Situated inside the facility like a fly on the wall, we witness the full spectrum of emotions displayed by twelve fascinating children and the caregivers trying to nurture and guide them. The stunning Warrendale won the Prix d’art et d’essai at Cannes and a special docu­mentary award from the National Society of Film Critics.

Film Info

  • Allan King
  • Canada
  • 1967
  • 101 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English

Available In

Collector's Set

Eclipse Series 24: The Actuality Dramas of Allan King

The Actuality Dramas of Allan King

DVD Box Set

5 Discs

$55.96

Warrendale
Cast
Irene
The Children
Carol
Tony
Laurie
Patrick
Susan
Robert
Debbie
Freddie
Pegi
Bob
Davey
Terry Adler
The Staff
Walter Gunn
Robyn Rice
Ena Brocklehurst
Maurice Flood
Alvyn Austin
John Brown
Executive director
Dr. Martin Fischer
Medical psychiatric director
Credits
Director
Allan King
Cinematography
William Brayne
Editing
Peter Moseley
Sound
Russel Heise
Sound
Michael Billings

From The Current

From the Eclipse Shelf: Warrendale
From the Eclipse Shelf: Warrendale

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Mar 6, 2013
Three Tributes to Allan King

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The Local Cadence of Allan King’s Filmmaking

This essay first appeared in the winter 2010 issue of Brick, a literary journal based in Toronto. It is posted here by permission of the author. Michelangelo said he could sense the figure in the uncut stone; his job was to chip away marble till it…

By Marni Jackson


Feb 2, 2011
An Interview with Allan King

This interview was published in the winter 2010 issue of Brick, a literary journal based in Toronto. It is posted here by permission of the Toronto International Film Festival. The photograph appears courtesy of Colleen Murphy. We met on March 4,200…

Eclipse Series 24: The Actuality Dramas of Allan King

WARRENDALE: MAN OF ACTION Allan King was one of cinema’s most acute chroniclers of unadorned reality, but the term documentary seems too puny to describe the intense, passionate stories he contrived to fashion from that reality. King’s early non…

By Michael Koresky


Sep 21, 2010
King of Canada

I didn’t know quite what to say to Allan King when I met him for the first time in the fall of 2003 at his home offices in downtown Toronto. This was partly out of deference to his reputation as one of Canada’s most eminent filmmakers—the man w…

By Adam Nayman


Sep 16, 2010
Memory for Allan

Seven years ago, I was a bright-eyed recent university grad who had just moved to the big city—Toronto—for the first time. I was struggling to find my path as a filmmaker, and at the Toronto International Film Festival that year, I encountered wh…

By Sami Khan


Sep 16, 2010