Originally conceived within the NATIONAL FILM BOARD as a documentary on disaffected youth, Nobody Waved Goodbye evolved gradually, and somewhat clandestinely, into a groundbreaking Canadian fiction feature film on the same subject. While examining the serious generational, cultural and economic fissures in pristine postwar Canadian suburbia, OWEN also created an important first step for the still nascent Canadian feature film industry. By delivering this low-budget drama about the Canadian experience, a feat virtually unheard of at the time in English-speaking Canada, Owen demonstrated the relevance and dramatic power of our own stories rendered in a medium almost totally dominated in Canada by Hollywood. From its low-budget, improvisational modes of production to its downbeat narrative of failed rebellion, Nobody Waved Goodbye remains essential viewing for any true and serious appreciation of film culture in Canada.
Author TOM MCSORLEY