Vern Hume and Leila Sujir

1986, 24:30 minutes, colour, English


Buck is both a portrait and an examination of the "constructed self". The tape follows the personal history of retired ranch hand William Drummond, who worked throughout southern B.C. and southern Alberta between 1930 and 1970. Through a series of casually narrated stories, William (Buck) guides the viewer through his personal history. In this sense, the tape functions as an auto-biographical document, but at the same time reveals how William constructs his personal history to re-invent himself (the constructed self) as Buck the cowboy. The tape's visual images utilize cinemagraphic conventions borrowed from the Western to examine the construction of the mythic image of the cowboy and the relationship of the image to the western landscape.

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Critical Writing

How The West Was Wonderful
by Gary Kibbins. Fuse, Sept. 1988, v. 12, no. 1 & 2.
Cold Snaps: Images 88, Northern Visions showcase of new film and video
by Andrew J. Patterson. Cinema Canada, Sept. 1988, no. 155.