Geminis to honor Allan King

Screenwriter Barbara Samuels also feted at Nov. event

TORONTO -- The late Allan King, a pioneer of the cinema verite documentary style, is to receive a top achievement honor at the upcoming Gemini Awards, Canada's TV awards.

King, who died last June at age 79, is best known for his early documentaries such as the 1967 film "Warrendale," "A Married Couple" -- a 1970 fly-on-the-wall portrait of an argumentative couple in the midst of divorcing -- and the dramatic feature "Who Has Seen the Wind."

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, which stages the Geminis, also said Thursday that the native Canadian-themed documentary "Club Native" by director Tracey Deer is to receive the Canada Award for excellence in TV, and veteran actor Eric Peterson is to receive the Earle Grey Award for his work in film, TV and radio.

Other award winners include long-time Global Television weather specialist Susan Hay receiving a humanitarian award and veteran screenwriter Barbara Samuels receiving the Margaret Collier Award for her body of work.

Pre-broadcast Geminis will be handed out later this month at industry events, while the biggest hardware will be awarded during a live broadcast on November 14 from Calgary.