Director: Michael McGowanWriter(s): Michael McGowan
Star(s): Joshua Jackson, Liane Balaban, Campbell Scott
Ben Tyler (Jackson) is a young guy with a comfortable life, a good job as an English teacher and a sensible fiancée, Samantha (Balaban). When his doctor unexpectedly tells him he has cancer and “maybe two years, maybe one week” to live, Ben’s only chance is to start treatment immediately. Instead, he decides to buy a motorcycle and head out west.
A classic road trip movie featuring lots of Canadian icons (like Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip), One Week follows Ben’s journey from Toronto to Tofino. Along the way, Ben makes new friends and re-evaluates his life, his job and his upcoming marriage. As his fiancée and family back home struggle to understand his decision, Ben rediscovers himself, reawakens his old passion for writing and ultimately learns to appreciate life.
Toronto-born McGowan made his film debut as a writer, director and producer with My Dog Vincent, and has gone on to direct Saint Ralph, One Week, Score: A Hockey Musical and Still Mine, which was named by TIFF as one of Canada’s Top 10 films in 2012. His latest projects have been directing episodes of TV series Reign and Between.
- English - 9, 10, 11, 12
- Geography - 9, 12
- Media - 9, 10, 11, 12
Screening Language Options:
- English Language with French Subtitles