Miles, a young theatre actor from Toronto, arrives in Huron County at the home of Angus and Morgan, two aging bachelor farmers. Miles stays with the two farmers in order to gather stories about rural life and make a play abut it. All three of their lives are irrevocably altered when art attempts to imitate life and the line between truth and fiction is crossed.
Although the clash between rural shrewdness and urban naiveté initially makes this film a comedy, the story ultimately evolves into a compelling drama of loyal friendship, lost love and abiding devotion.
In its thematic exploration of the differences between myth and reality, The Drawer Boy makes us aware of the small yet important difference between truth and fiction. And in doing so it exposes history not as a faithful documentation of the past but merely as a collective agreement of values.
The Drawer Boy is based on the play by Michael Healey and is one of the most produced plays in Canada and the U.S.A.