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Of This Place and Elsewhere

The Films and Photography of Peter Mettler

Jerry White, editor

Toronto International Film Festival Series

Paper 250 pp.

ISBN13: 978-0-96891-325-3

Release Date: October 2006

Online discount: 25%

$29.99  $22.49


A key figure in the Toronto New Wave of the 1980s, Peter Mettler is one of the most intriguing and audacious filmmakers in English Canada. He is known as a director, a cinematographer, and editor who has worked with many major English-Canadian filmmakers and adapted for the screen the play Tectonic Plates by the renowned Québécois filmmaker and theatre director Robert Lepage. His own films bridge the gaps between experimental, narrative, personal essay, and documentary. Mettler is also a pioneer in multimedia work, having produced groundbreaking and legendary live visual mixing performances, a field in which he has acquired a leading international reputation.

Jerry White’s monograph on Mettler’s work includes discussion of all of his major films, among them chapters devoted to Picture of Light and Gambling, Gods and LSD. It places Mettler in a Canadian context but also deals with his identity as a Swiss artist and his place in an emerging global cinema. The book also includes a selection of Mettler’s photographic work.

Published by the Toronto International Film Festival and distributed in Canada by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Distributed outside Canada by Indiana University Press.

Jerry White is Canada Research Chair in European Studies at Dalhousie University. He is the author of numerous books on film, including Two Bicycles: The Work of Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville (WLU Press, 2013).