Jeremy Woodcock lays his eyes on the mythical beauty of Bessarion station for the first time in ‘Finding Bessarion’
If a subway stops at a station but nobody is around to get on or off, does it make a sound? Of the 1.5 million fares collected daily by the TTC, only 180 are collected at Bessarion station, making it the least used station in our subway system. Who uses it? What does it look like? What’s going on up there on the Purple Line?
These are the questions comedian and writer Jeremy Woodcock wanted to answer. With no purpose to ever use the station, Woodcock, along with filmmakers John Gape and Cameron Wyllie, decided to visit the station for the sake of it and unravel the enigma that is Bessarion. The result is this short documentary, Finding Bessarion. “I’m going to Bessarion station to prove to myself that Bessarion exists,” says Woodcock in the video. “I believe it exists. I have no direct proof yet. In that way it’s like God, or truffles.”
You’ll see that Woodcock is pleasantly surprised by what he finds on the platform. But what lies on the surface? Watch and find out: