Lonely Boy (film)

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Lonely Boy
VHS cover
Directed byWolf Koenig
Roman Kroitor
Produced byRoman Kroitor
StarringPaul Anka
Edited byJohn Spotton
Distributed byNational Film Board of Canada
Release date
Running time
27 min.

Lonely Boy is a 1962 cinéma vérité documentary about the former teen sensation Paul Anka. The film takes its name from Anka's hit song, "Lonely Boy", which he performs to screaming fans in the film. This short documentary makes use of hand-held cameras to record intimate backstage moments.

Co-directed by Roman Kroitor and Wolf Koenig, this National Film Board of Canada production won a Canadian Film Award as Film of the Year at the 15th Canadian Film Awards, and was nominated at the BAFTA Awards for its best short film prize.


Lonely Boy was a substantial influence on the Peter Watkins film Privilege. Watkins had studied it in preparation for filming[1] and his film deals with the phenomenal popularity of a pop singer and its abuse for political motives. One scene showing the central character, Steven Shorter, at a table with a venue owner is virtually a one-to-one reproduction of a scene in Lonely Boy, even using the same name (Uncle Julie) for the like-mannered venue owner. The cinéma verité style of Lonely Boy was also adopted, and one DVD release of Privilege included Lonely Boy as well as an excerpt of an essay on that film as extra features.[2] The film's importance in the evolution of documentary film making was explored in the film Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment.[3]


  1. ^ Peter Watkins, Part 2, Films, Privilege.
  2. ^ Privilege at DVD Verdict.
    - Greg Bennett "Hidden Gem: ‘Privilege’" Archived 2012-04-05 at the Wayback Machine At The Cinema, March 29, 2011
  3. ^ Crow, Jonathan. "Cinema Verite: Defining the Moment (1999)". New York Times. Retrieved 24 November 2013.

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