Vancouver Queer Film Festival: Margaret and Evergon could not be more exceptional
A mother-son relationship could not be more exceptional—or beautiful—as that of Margaret Lunt and her son Evergon Lunt. In 1999, Margaret became muse to photographer Evergon, posing in the nude for a series of black and white photographs entitled Margaret and I that would become her son’s most celebrated work.
Winnipeg-born director Donald Winkler explores the story behind these photographs and the special mother-son relationship in his documentary Margaret and Evergon. Born in 1919, Margaret moved from the U.S. to Niagra Falls, Ontario, with her new husband Albert just before he was drafted during World War II. When he returned, the Lunt family grew to include two sons—both of whom were gay, one of who would die of AIDS. After Albert passed away, Margaret was determined to have Evergon photograph her in the nude.
Fifteen portraits and 10 years later, Margaret has moved into Evergon’s Montreal home. At the ages of 90 and 63, Margaret and Evergon not only appear to be ideal roommates, but best friends.
Vancouver Queer Film Festival presents Margaret and Evergon on Saturday (August 25) at 7 p.m.
Watch the trailer for Margaret and Evergon.