Holly Dale

Active - 1977 - 2007  |   Born - Dec 23, 1953 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada  |   Genres - Culture & Society, Film, TV & Radio

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Biography by Sandra Brennan

Holly Dale and her partner Janis Cole are two of Canada's most renowned documentary filmmakers. Their partnership began when they were students. Together, they produce, direct and edit independent films. Their reputation is based on their unique, humanistic approach to odd people living on society's fringe. Two of their early films, Cream Soda (1975), a student film, and Minimum Charge No Cover (1976) examine the seedy lives of small-time crooks in Toronto's red-light district. The 1977 film The Thin Blue Line, a personal and psychological look into the lives of criminally insane convicts in a maximum-security prison, was their debut into widely released features.

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  • Left her home when she was a teenager.
  • Began her career as an independent documentary filmmaker.
  • Has won several prestigious awards, including a Gemini Award for Best Director and a Best Director award from the Directors Guild of Canada.
  • Has given lectures and workshops in universities like Harvard and Brown.
  • Has directed feature films, television series, commercials and documentaries.
  • Co-founder of Spectrum Films along with her former classmate Janis Cole.