Date of Lecture: 1990-09-28
Patricia Rozema attended Calvin College where she received an honours B.A. in philosophy and English literature. While working for CBC television’s The Journal, Rozema enrolled in a five week night course in 16mm film production. She wrote and directed her first film in 1985, entitled Passion: A Letter in 16mm. In 1987, Rozema wrote and directed her first feature film, I’ve Heard the Mermaid’s Singing, which has recently been re-released by Miramax. At the time, it was a critical success and won the Prix de la Jeunesse at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival and quickly became a Canadian classic.
Rozema’s other features, The White Room and When Night is Falling continued to establish her international reputation as a writer and director. In 1997, Rozema made the Primetime Emmy Award winning Six Gestures for the “Yo-Yo Ma: Inspired by Bach” series. In 1999, Rozema completed the Miramax/HAL production of her adaptation of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, which was released to critical success. Rozema has recently completed a film version of Samuel Beckett’s play Happy Days for the Beckett On Film project, a multi-artist venture that was featured at the 2000 Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica in Venice and the 25th Toronto International Film Festival.
Additional Link: www.patriciarozema.com
(Photography courtesy of this site)