Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry

Donald BRITTAIN's documentary film Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry (1976) presents the life of troubled British novelist Malcolm Lowry and the creation of his famous novel Under the Volcano, now considered a classic of 20th-century literature.

The film tells Malcolm Lowry's story through his own words, sensitively read by the late British actor Richard Burton, and through interviews with family and friends who were unable to save him from self-destruction and his descent into madness.

Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry won CANADIAN FILM AWARDS for non-feature direction (non-dramatic), screenplay (non-dramatic), editing, sound editing, musical score and best documentary. It was also nominated for an Oscar in the feature documentary category.