Annie O'Donoghue

Annie launched her career as an independent filmmaker by winning the Norman McLaren Grand Jury prize at the Montreal Film Festival in 1984. She has made more than thirty dramatic and documentary films that investigate human relationships and social and political issues. Her films have received international acclaim, winning awards including: the Media Watch Award of Merit -- Best English Language Public Affairs Programme, Best Short Educational Drama at the Columbus Int. Film & Video Festival, Best Director of a Short Drama -- BCMPA Leo Awards. Annie's work has also been broadcast on CBC, PBS, and educational networks.

Annie's background as an educator combined with her passion and skill for filmmaking has enabled her to research and direct award-winning dramas for young adults. These films, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, explored challenging topics including body image, teenage suicide, dating violence, teenage pregnancy. They are included in school programs in Canada, Britain, and the USA.

Annie is also an established documentary filmmaker. Her films examine the spirit of individuals responding to adversity: the young dying mother in The Healing Journey or the adolescents from Quebec in Okanagan Dreams desperate to find fruit picking work during the wettest season on record. Annie has been the writer/director for episodes of several television documentary series: Nature Walk, Ways We Live, and Faces of History.

In the spirit of exploring her practice and experimenting with film forms Annie recently completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Film and Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

Her latest film Mr. H. and his Unruly Puppets celebrates Robert Heidbreder–"Mr. H." to his Grade 1 students–a recipient of the Prime Minister's Award for teaching excellence. This film combines Annie's passion for child centred education with the power of film to motivate, inform and inspire. In a climate of standardizing educational ideologies, Mr. H and His Unruly Puppets shows a refreshing counter balance, celebrating a style of collaboration with young children that truly exemplify the art of teaching.

Films by Annie O'Donoghue