Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers x Ben Nelson

An up and coming feature film director, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers has demonstrated herself as a powerhouse both in front of and behind the camera. She has delved into a variety of genres and forms throughout her ten year cinematic career, although constant themes in her work concern the promotion of Indigenous sovereignty, the relationship between colonization […]

David Cronenberg x Ben Nelson

David Cronenberg, or the ‘Baron of Blood’, has had a lasting impact in Canadian cinema and the horror genre more broadly. Cronenberg erupted into Canadian film consciousness with his immensely controversial feature, SHIVERS (1975). Produced during the tax-shelter years of the 1970s, the film follows residents in a high-rise apartment building who are all eventually […]

Denys Arcand x Grace Dixon

One of the greatest contributors to cinema in Canada is Québecois director Denys Arcand.  His particular representation of Québecois society is born from the post-Duplessis era, and, like his predecessors Claude Jutra and Michel Brault, as such his cinema balances the tensions between modern-day secularism and the legacy of Catholicism, class dynamics, the commercialization of […]

Deepa Mehta x GHY Cheung

Beginning her film career in educational documentaries in her native country of India, Deepa Mehta eventually moved to Canada in the 1970s where she continued working in documentary and television. Her first feature, SAM & ME (1991), launched her career in the feature filmmaking industry in Canada. SAM & ME introduces key themes that occur […]

Alanis Obomsawin x GHY Cheung

Alanis Obomsawin: multidisciplinary artist and director, Obomsawin is one of the most prolific filmmakers in Canada. The Abenaki director came to the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) in 1965 initially as a consultant on film projects centring Indigenous narratives. Known for her political documentaries, such as INCIDENT AT RESTIGOUCHE (1984) which documents two police […]

Atom Egoyan x Grace Dixon

A staple of the Toronto New Wave in the 1980s and 1990s, Atom Egoyan has made a name for himself in Canadian cinema and internationally through his provocative interrogation of the relationship between media, memory, loss, and sexuality. An Armenian born in Egypt, Egoyan moved to British Columbia as a child. While his later films […]