Donald Shebib's 'Goin' Down the Road'

Donald Shebib's 'Goin' Down the Road'

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By Geoff Pevere
Canadian Cinema
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2012
World Rights
144 Pages 15 Images
ISBN 9781442614109
Published Jun 2012
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Since its release in July 1970, Donald Shebib’s low-budget road movie about displaced Maritimers in Toronto has become one of the most celebrated Canadian movies ever made. In this study of Goin’ Down the Road, renowned film critic Geoff Pevere provides an engaging account of how a film produced under largely improvised circumstances became the most influential Canadian movie of its day as well as an enduring cultural touchstone.

Featuring extensive interviews with the film’s key participants, Pevere provides behind-the-scenes history and explores how the movie’s meaning and interpretation have changed over time. He gives special attention to the question of why the film’s creative mix of documentary techniques, road movie tropes, and social commentary have proven so popular and influential in Canadian filmmaking for decades.

Geoff Pevere has been writing, broadcasting, and teaching about film and media for more than thirty years. He is the former movie critic for the Toronto Star, co-author of the national best-seller Mondo Canuck, and host of CBC Radio’s groundbreaking culture program Prime Time.


Prologue: A Heavy Rainbow

Chapter one: Surfing from Scarborough

Chapter two: Beginner’s License

Chapter three: The Road Rolls

Chapter four: Is This The One?

Chapter five: Victims of the Rainbow

Chapter six: Re-surfacing

Chapter seven: Pete, Joey, Garth, Gord, and Jesus too

Chapter eight: Further


Production Credits

Further Viewing


Selected Bibliography

“Geoff Pevere's new book, Donald Shebib's Goin' Down the Road is an essential companion to the classic Canadian film. It should be required reading in every film course in Canada and elsewhere.”

Ralph Lucas, Publisher,