THIN AIR Festival Presents Elliot Page: Pageboy Watch Party

Friday, June 16, 2023 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Archived

The Hive, Lockhart Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave

The Oscar-nominated star who captivated the world with his performance in Juno finally shares his truth.

WIWF THIN AIR Festival is teaming up with HarperCollins and the Queer Students Association at the University of Winnipeg to present a livestream watch party featuring ELLIOT PAGE, Academy Award-nominated actor and star of the hit series The Umbrella Academy, discussing his new revealing memoir PAGEBOY. 

This exclusive Canadian launch of PAGEBOY, livestreamed from TIFF in Toronto and hosted by Chase Joynt, will take place on FRIDAY, June 16 at 6:00pm CT in THE HIVE in Lockhart Hall at the University of Winnipeg. Doors open at 5:00pm CT. (Venue information below.) 

Questions for the interview can be submitted in advance here. Copies of PAGEBOY will be available for purchase at the event, provided by McNally Robinson Booksellers. 

Admission is free and everyone is welcome, but space is limited so come early to secure a spot!  



The Oscar-nominated star who captivated the world with his performance in Juno finally shares his truth. 

“Can I kiss you?” It was two months before the world premiere of Juno, and Elliot Page was in his first ever queer bar. The hot summer air hung heavy around him as he looked at her. And then it happened. In front of everyone. A previously unfathomable experience. Here he was on the precipice of discovering himself as a queer person, as a trans person. Getting closer to his desires, his dreams, himself, without the repression he’d carried for so long. But for Elliot, two steps forward had always come with one step back. 

With Juno‘s massive success, Elliot became one of the world’s most beloved actors. His dreams were coming true, but the pressure to perform suffocated him. He was forced to play the part of the glossy young starlet, a role that made his skin crawl, on and off set. The career that had been an escape out of his reality and into a world of imagination was suddenly a nightmare. 

As he navigated criticism and abuse from some of the most powerful people in Hollywood, a past that snapped at his heels, and a society dead set on forcing him into a binary, Elliot often stayed silent, unsure of what to do, until enough was enough. Full of behind the scenes details and intimate interrogations on sex, love, trauma, and Hollywood, Pageboy is the story of a life pushed to the brink. But at its core, this beautifully written, winding journey of what it means to untangle ourselves from the expectations of others is an ode to stepping into who we truly are with defiance, strength, and joy. 



THE HIVE is in Lockhart Hall at the University of Winnipeg. The closest door is on Ellice Avenue; it is wheelchair accessible. Attendees may also use the main Portage Avenue entrance; walk straight down Centennial Hall and turn right at Lockhart Hall. Please note that campus doors auto-lock at 6pm. Security will let people in the Lockhart entrance; buzz in through security from the Portage Avenue entrance. 

Parking: For attendees who are driving – you can park for free anywhere on Spence Street or Young Street north of Ellice Ave. There is one hour of free parking until 5:30pm, after which parking is free. There is also paid parking available surrounding the University of Winnipeg.