Saturday, 23 July 2011
Elwy Yost 1925 - 2011 R.I.P.
He was born in 1925 in Weston, Ont., then a suburb of Toronto, the only child of a pickle manufacturer, also named Elwy.
He would introduce the films, show them without commercial interruption, and then follow up with interviews with filmmakers. Bald, bespectacled, forever smiling, he was an unlikely TV star, but viewers sensed his affection for the films he showed and the people who made them, and the program became a must-see. At his peak, he had 250,000 viewers, despite the fact that his show was up against Hockey Night In Canada.
Yost moved to Vancouver with his wife in 1989, and retired from the show 10 years later. As well as his TV work, he wrote four books about film.
He is survived by Lila and sons Christopher and Graham, who is a Hollywood screenwriter (Speed, Broken Arrow and Hard Rain) and executive producer of the TV series, Justified. He also leaves two grandchildren and a daughter-in-law.