Colleen Murphy

Born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec Colleen Murphy is a playwright and filmmaker. Her distinct, award-winning films have played at festivals around the world and include Putty Worm ('93), The Feeler ('95), Shoemaker ('96), Desire ('00), War Holes ('02) and Girl with Dog ('06). Murphy's play The December Man (L'homme de décembre), about the Montreal Massacre, won the 2007 Governor General's Literary Award for English Language Drama and the 2008 Canadian Author's Association/Carol Bolt Award for Drama. She is currently Playwright-in-Residence at Tapestry New Opera Works in Toronto.


Director's Artistic Statement

Writers often talk to the dead through their work, but sometimes it is better to let the dead talk. It was this notion that drew me to Cheryl Jack's script. What makes Cheryl's small drama so compelling is her absolute refusal to vilify, redeem, or judge. Instead, the author imagines how it might feel to be inside the situation of men who have been left to die on an icy field. Never sentimental, always emotionally truthful, Cheryl's script is wholly original.

While doing a one-year Playwriting Residency at the University of Regina, I was privileged to direct this film; to work with talented students and local professionals, to work on 16mm film, to work in minus 20 degree temperatures and to work on a story that was meaningful to the actual ground I was standing on. Out In The Cold is a metaphor for the blinding disregard Canadians continue to demonstrate towards the First Nations people in this country.

Films by Colleen Murphy