Women in Canadian Film

If you’ve been paying attention to the news from Cannes, there has been quite an uproar about the lack of female filmmakers up for the Palme d’Or – not even one film directed by a woman was included in the 22 entries for the fest’s top prize. A recent study released by The Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University also confirmed that women behind-the-camera are still having a tough time.

All this is true, but last month also happened to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Female Eye Film Festival in Ontario and we have been noticing a number of talented Canadian female filmmakers taking on the world of cinema by storm, in an assortment of genres from drama, to thrillers, to documentaries, and comedies.

First Weekend Club has chosen to highlight some of these talented women, including up-and-comers to watch out for.


Mullen is breaking new ground. Her new movie, “Dead Before Dawn,” is the first 3D movie directed by a female, ever. The comedic horror film is the follow up to her solo directorial debut, “GravyTrain” and has been getting a lot of attention, including at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival (where it sold to Germany, UK, and Russia) and Cannes.  It is a strong testament to Mullen’s contagious energy and passion.

Mullen originally hails from Niagara Falls, Canada, and has gone on to study Theatre at Ryerson University as well as the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where she excelled. She’s gone on to act in films and on TV shows such as “Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Way of the Tosser,” “Howie Do It,” “A History of Violence,” “Suburban Madness,” “Rose,” “Cavedweller,” (for which she was nominated as Best Leading Actress by the Young Artist Awards) and now, “Dead Before Dawn.”

Full article : First Weekend Club

One response

  1. This list of Canadian female filmmakers is by no means exhaustive. That means that there is a whole lot more talented women making films. We suggest that you explore their work. Here are just some of the names that you’ll want to look out for: Brigitte Berman, Deborah Chow, Sook-Yin Lee, Ruba Nadda, Deepa Mehta, Léa Pool, Patricia Rozema, Mina Shum, Lynne Stopkewich, Anne Wheeler, and Julia Kwan, amongst many others.

    26/07/2012 at 10:57 pm

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