Kingston Canadian Film Festival | U-Turn
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Feature, Special Events
Screening of the 1973 classic

plus extended Q+A with Piers Handling & guests

U-Turn (The Girl In Blue)

Director: George Kaczender

Featuring:  David Selby, Maud Adams, Gay Rowan

Language: English

Runtime: 99 minutes

Rating: Rating Not Available 

Guests in attendance

Piers Handling, Doug Bowie, Clarke Mackey

Saturday, March 2

3:30 pm

Baby Grand 


Presented with support from

Thousand Islands Playhouse

Released the same summer of 1973 as BETWEEN FRIENDS and PAPERBACK HERO, better-remembered, formative English-Canadian feature films, U-TURN fell unjustly into the margins of the margins.  A young Montreal lawyer on a business trip spies a beautiful young woman on a ferry, as it pulls away, leaving him at the dock. Pursuing her, Scott (David Selby, then of TV’s Dark Shadows) risks his live-in relationship, his career, his comfortable life for a woman he’s never met (played by Maud Adams from THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN and OCTOPUSSY). Directed by George Kaczender (IN PRAISE OF OLDER WOMEN) from a script by Kingston writer Douglas Bowie (EMPIRE, INC. and OBSESSED), with the Smiths Falls/Burritts Rapids area as the verdant location of the callow hero’s fantasy, U-TURN (released internationally as THE GIRL IN BLUE) veers from comedy to pathos in exploring the uncomfortable realm of male anxiety.


This very special screening of U-Turn (1973) will include an extended Q+A with screenwriter Doug Bowie, filmmaker Clarke Mackey and Piers Handling, the newly retired CEO of TIFF, to discuss U-TURN and the changing landscape of Canadian film since its initial release. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear these Canadian film and television legends share personal stories and anecdotes about what once was, how things have changed, and what we might look forward to.

Filmmaker Bio

George Kaczender left Hungary in 1956 as a political refugee after studying film and working as an Assistant Director at the Pannonina Film Studios in Budapest. Before coming to Los Angeles in the early 1980s he worked at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal from 1956-69, where he wrote and directed award-winning documentaries and short dramatic features. In 1968 he wrote and directed the 1969 award-winning feature DON’T LET THE ANGELS FALL, that became the first Canadian feature film invited to the main competition at the 1969 Cannes International Film Festival. In the 1970s he directed numerous award-winning educational films for Learning Corporation of America and five theatrical feature films before leaving Canada for Hollywood. He has also directed numerous movies for network and cable television. Between 2002-04 he was Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television, teaching film directing.

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