Anne Wheeler (1990-10-18)

Anne Wheeler
Practice: Film – Director, Writer and Producer
Date of Lecture: 1990-10-18

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Born in Edmonton, Anne Wheeler received a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Alberta and then assumed a number of vocations (computer programmer, musician, actor and a high school teacher) before discovering filmmaking in the 1970s. Her first film, produced by the National Film Board and entitled, Great Grandmothers (1976), was a short docu-drama that addressed the lives of pioneer women. She went on to produce a number of documentaries and short drama works as both a freelancer and in partnership with the NFB.

Wheeler eventually turned her sights to feature filmmaking, releasing Loyalties in 1985, a film that addressed the unlikely friendship between a Metis ‘nanny’ and an English doctor’s wife. The work earned her widespread recognition on the film festival circuit. Bye Bye Blues (1988) and Angel Square (1989) continued to establish her international reputation as a pre-eminent Canadian filmmaker.

In 1991, Wheeler directed the TV feature film adaptation of Margaret Lawrence’s The Diviners. Her 1995 work, The War Between Us addressed the Japanese internment in Canada during WWII. Her 1998 film Better Than Chocolate was an international success. A romantic comedy, it focused on the escapades of members of the lesbian community living in Vancouver’s east side, a neighborhood that lies in close proximity to the city’s Italian community. Wheeler continues to produce features, television works, documentaries and docu-dramas.

Anne Wheeler has earned six honorary doctorates and was awarded the Order of Canada in 1995.

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