Ted Kotcheff is a Canadian filmmaker whose career began in British and Canadian television and has since varied considerably in genre, production size and national context. Among his best known works are two films that premiered at Cannes, received recent restorations and returned to Cannes over the past four years: Canadian classic, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, and the lost Australian horror film Wake in Fright.

We met with Ted at the TIFF Bell Lightbox following a public screening of the newly restored print of Kravitz, arranged by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television with the help of several major Canadian cinema organizations. We discussed the film at length, as well as Kotcheff’s collaborations with long-time friend and legendary Canadian writer, Mordecai Richler, and the rediscovery and restoration of Wake in Fright.

This interview was produced in association with the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and published in October of 2013.