Patricia Rozema (1990-09-28)

Patricia Rozema
Practice: Film
Date of Lecture: 1990-09-28

Sheila McCarthy as Polly in I've Heard the Mermaids SingingSheila McCarthy as Polly in I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing

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.

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