The Filmmakers

Watch acclaimed filmmaker Atom Egoyan at his most candid

In this extended interview from CBC Arts' new talk show The Filmmakers, Egoyan opens up about his life and work.

The Sweet Hereafter director opens up in this extended interview from CBC Arts' new talk show

The director of 'The Sweet Hereafter' opens up about his life and work. 20:58

Few artists are as iconic as Atom Egoyan when it comes to Canadian cinema. From his 1984 debut Next of Kin to 2015's Remember, his 15 feature films have put Canadian film on the world stage in a major way — which is why looking at Egoyan's work was the perfect way to kick off CBC Arts' new film talk show this past weekend, focusing on his lauded 1997 film The Sweet Hereafter (which aired after the show).

You can watch both The Sweet Hereafter and the full episode of The Filmmakers online here, but we have a special treat for anyone wanting more: an extended cut of our interview with Egoyan, where he talks about — among other things — his working relationship with fellow Canadian film legend Sarah Polley, who starred in The Sweet Hereafter and who will herself be the focus of The Filmmakers on our next episode. After you enjoy this extended chat with Egoyan, tune in again this Sunday for a look at her film Stories We Tell, featuring a rare interview with Polley herself.

Tune in to The Filmmakers every Saturday at 8:30pm (9pm NT) on CBC Television, followed by the presentation of that week's feature film. Or stream both online at

About the Author

Peter Knegt has worked for CBC Arts since 2016, writing the LGBTQ-culture column Queeries (winner of the 2019 Digital Publishing Award for best digital column in Canada) and playing integral roles in the launch and production of series The Filmmakers and Canada's a Drag. Beyond CBC, Knegt is also a stand-up comedian, the filmmaker of numerous short films and the author of the book About Canada: Queer Rights. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter with the same obvious handle: @peterknegt.


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