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Complete Works of Joyce Wieland, The: Vol. 5 The Far Shore

by CFMDC Special Edition & Wieland, Joyce
Canada / 2011 / sound

A multi-disciplinary artist who produced work in a wide variety of media, Wieland's intelligent and irreverent explorations of female sexuality, domestic life, ecology and Canadian nationalism put her at the forefront of feminist practice. Wieland made her mark in the film underground in New York in the 1960s, where she was associated with structural filmmakers such as Michael Snow and Hollis Frampton. While here films employ materialist formal strategies, the irony and socio-political content of her work sets her apart from her structuralist compatriots, as does her exploration of narrative.

The collection is accompanied by critical texts by scholars Kristy Holmes, Anne Low, Allyson Mitchell, Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof, Johanne Sloan and Leila Sujir. It will be of vital interest to film- and art-lovers alike, as well as those involved in the fields of film studies and production, visual arts, art history and women's studies. 

Volume 5: 1976

The Far Shore
1976, 105 min

Set in 1918 Ontario. Eulalie, a Quebecoise, marries a Toronto engineer but finds life with him oppressive. She falls in love with Tom, a painter who is an acquaintance of her husband's and, with him, escapes briefly to Northern Ontario before they are hunted down by her jealous husband.   

"For something like two decades, Joyce Wieland - the Toronto painter, filmmaker, quiltmaker and lay ecologist - has been creating an individual sensibility and then displaying it, piece by piece, in the various art forms that have suited her purposes. In The Far Shore, her feature film, she articulates that sensibility in detail for the first time... ‘The Far Shore’ has energy, ambition, vision and a marvellously confident sense of itself." - Marshall Delaney 

Volume 5 Study Guide by Johanne Sloan


  • art and artists
  • work by/about women

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  • experimental
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