Eyepiece: Adventures in Canadian Film and Television


By Vic Sarin. Foreword by the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson

In Eyepiece: Adventures in Canadian Television and Film, brilliant Kashmiri/Canadian cinematographer and filmmaker Vic Sarin lays out the landscape of his life. As cinematographer, he captured the filmic beauty of many well-loved Canadian films such as Bye-Bye Blues (Wheeler, 1989), Margaret’s Museum (Zimmer, 1995), and also directed his own award-winning work such as Partition (2007) and A Shine of Rainbows (2009). The book charts his formative years at CBC television on shows like The Friendly Giant, Front Page Challenge and Telescope, and progresses through his extraordinary film and documentary productions; at CBC and outside CBC.
To Vic, film is a window to magic. Touching people with his art and celebrating the human side comes through in every chapter of the book, just as is comes through in every one of his films.
Vic’s trailblazing, ‘gung-ho’ approach to film making is remarkable and inspiring beyond any question of a doubt. His stories about working with John Lennon, Prince Charles, Christopher Plummer, Paul Gross, Helena Bonham Carter, Dennis Hopper, Indira Gandhi, Adrienne Clarkson, the Dali Lama and many others will captivate film professionals, film students, film buffs, as well as the general public.

What they say

"Sarin's rollicking recollections belong on the bookshelf of any serious aficionado of Canadian film history."
Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight

“Judging by the way Vic Sarin’s richly composed images haunt the mind, at least a part of the national film industry has already arrived.”
— John Bemrose, Macleans Magazine

“Sarin is a master cinematographer and Desert Riders is a beautiful film.”
— John Mackie, Vancouver Sun

“In Heartaches, Vic Sarin’s cinematography is superb. The pearly, overcast shots are worthy of Ansel Adams.”
— Jay Scott, The Globe and Mail

“Chautauqua Girl, the best television program of the year… Vic Sarin made it an enchanting experience on screen.”
— Ross McLean, Montreal Gazette


We gratefully  acknowledge funding through the Canada Book Fund, and the Alberta Media Fund.


Info about the book

DURVILE Imprint of Durvile Publications
PERFORMING ARTS / Film / Direction & Production

6” x 9” | 272 pages

ISBN: 9781988824024 | $35 Canada
e-book and audiobook versions also available
Book release date, October 2017

Individuals: Ask your bookseller or buy online.
Booksellers: Order through University of Toronto (UTP)  

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