Larry Kent (filmmaker)

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Larry Kent
Born Laurence Kent
(1937-05-16) May 16, 1937 (age 76)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Other names Laurence L. Kent
Occupation Film director
Film producer
Screenwriter
Years active 1963 - Present

Larry Kent (born May 16, 1937 in Johannesburg, South Africa) is a Canadian filmmaker.

Biography[edit]

Larry Kent emigrated from South Africa to Vancouver, Canada in 1957 and immersed himself in the world of theatre.

A devout film buff and scholar, Kent made the transition from the stage to screen in the early 60's. Kent wrote and directed the existential Canadian indie, post-beatnik, pre-hippie classic The Bitter Ash in 1962 and tirelessly toured the film despite the controversy it garnered nationwide. Filled with profanity and brief nudity, the picture was produced on a shoestring, shot silent with audio dubbed in later and boasted a brilliant, relentless jazz music score.

His follow-up film, Sweet Substitute made money in the United States, a first for any Canadian independent picture. Together with his third picture, the proto-feminist film When Tomorrow Dies, these three movies comprise Kent's "Vancouver Trilogy".

Kent moved to Montreal in the late 1960s where he began making films that exemplified the wild, drug informed spirit of the youth driven counterculture. His 1967 film High premiered at the Montreal Film Festival the same year as the groundbreaking Arthur Penn film Bonnie and Clyde. That film's star, Warren Beatty, was one of High's strongest supporters, along with legendary German filmmaker Fritz Lang, who headed the jury that year.

During the 1970s and throughout the 80's, Kent continued to explore various aspects of the human condition in his work. Though he slowed down in the 90's somewhat, he made a stunning return to form in 2005 with what is perhaps his finest effort, The Hamster Cage, a demented black comedy/psychodrama that is as funny as it is disturbing. The Hamster Cage won the jury prize at the 2005 Austin Fantastic Fest.

In 2009, Kent completed work on another, as yet untitled film and has plans for several more in the near future.

He is the mentor to director Jared Pelletier[citation needed]

Select Filmography[edit]

  • The Bitter Ash (1963)
  • Sweet Substitute (1964)
  • When Tomorrow Dies (1965)
  • High (1967)
  • Facade (1968)
  • The Apprentice (1971)
  • Keep it in the Family (1973)
  • The Slavers (1977)
  • Yesterday (a.k.a. This Time Forever) (1981)
  • High Stakes (1986)
  • Mothers and Daughters (1992)
  • The Hamster Cage (2005)
  • Hastings Street (2007)

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