Sturla Gunnarsson film director

 

FILMS

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BEOWULF & GRENDEL

2006 Equinoxe Releasing/Union Station Media.   Starring Gerard Butler, Stellan Skaarsgard and Sarah Polley.

“…good, bloody fun that stirs the intellect whenever it feels like it. And as a swashbuckler, the dead-game Butler out swings just about anyone in Troy or Kingdom of Heaven or Tristan & Isolde. Those overblown historical epics played just as loosely with history as this one does, but they don’t boast a third of its bawdy, sly humour.” -- Bill Gallo, Village Voice

RARE BIRDS

2001 Lions Gate Releasing.   Starring William Hurt, Molly Parker and Andy Jones.

“Sturla Gunnarsson’s Rare Birds is a sweetheart of a film, whimsical and touching.” -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

SUCH A LONG JOURNEY

1998 Red Sky Entertainment/The Shooting Gallery. Adapted from on the novel by Rohinton Mistry.

It’s not very often that a film crosses that line between being very good, and being a truly great work of cinema. Such A Long Journey not only crosses that line, but it makes it look easy.” -John Binns, British Film Review

DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY

1990 Astral Releasing/Alliance International A Canadian diplomat in El Salvador finds herself caught in the crossfire as the well- intentioned aid project she’s been sent to oversee becomes a flashpoint in that country’s civil war.

 

 

TELEVISION

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MOTIVE (8 eps. 2012-14)  ABC/CTV

THE FIRM (2011)    NBC/Universal

ROOKIE BLUE (2010)      ABC/Global

DEFYING GRAVITY (3 eps. 2009)     ABC/BBC/CTV

DEGRASSI (14 eps. 2007-2010)     Epitome Pictures. CTV/The N

ST. BRIGIT’S MEDICAL (Pilot, 2008)     Epitome Pictures. YTV/The N

THE BEST YEARS (4 eps. 2007-2008)     Entertainment 1, Global/The N

INTELLIGENCE (2 eps.2006)     Haddock Entertainment, CBC

DAVINCI CITY HALL (2005)     Haddock Entertainment, CBC

DAVINCI’S INQUEST (2004)     Haddock Entertainment, CBC

SNAKES AND LADDERS           Big Pictures, CBC

DEAD MAN’S GUN                      Showtime

ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS  USA Network

TWILIGHT ZONE                           CBS

RAY BRADBURY THEATER         Showtime

 

LONG FORM TELEVISION

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ABOVE AND BEYOND (2006) Pope Productions/Power Pictures. CBC.  Richard E. Grant, Jason Priestly.

100 DAYS IN THE JUNGLE (2002) ImagiNation Film/Sextant Entertainment/CTV.   Nick Campbell, Peter Outerbridge, Michael Riley

THE MAN WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS (2002) Alliance/Atlantis. CBS.  Jason Alexander, Kelly Rowan, Ed Asner.

SCORN (2001) Barna-Alper Productions. CBC.    Eric Johnson, Kelly Rowan.

RICKY NELSON:ORIGINAL TEEN IDOL (1999) Jaffe / Braunstein Films. VH-1.  James Sheridan, Gregory Kalpakis Sara Botsford.

JOE TORRE: CURVEBALLS ALONG THE WAY (1997) Dufferin Gate. Showtime.     Paul Sorvino, Robert Loggia.

WE THE JURY (1996) Alliance/Atlantis. USA Network.    Kelly McGillis, Lauren Hutton, Christopher Plummer.

MOTHER TRUCKER (1996) Barna-Alper Prod. CBC/TNT.   Barbara Williams and Nicholas Campbell.

THE DIARY OF EVELYN LAU (1993)    CBC.   Sandra Oh, Nicholas Campbell.

 

DOCUMENTARY FILMS  

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MONSOON

2014  ARTE/CBC   Filmed over the course of the 2013 monsoon in India, Monsoon is a personal reflection on chaos, creation and faith in the land of believers.

GROS MORNE

2011  Primitive Entertainment.  Melissa Auf der Maur, Sam Shalabi, Catl.  Art/music experiment for National Parks Project omnibus film. The National Parks Project (NPP) is a ground-breaking collaborative film, music and television new media project that features contributions by more than 50 of Canada’s most acclaimed filmmakers and musicians, celebrating the inspirational beauty of Canada’s national parks.

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FORCE OF NATURE

2010 E-1 Entertainment/NFB, CBC Biographical film about iconic Canadian scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki, built around his ‘last lecture’.

“possibly the most convincing and fascinating argument yet heard on every person’s right to a clean Earth … easily on par with the greatest orations of the last 50 years. “
– Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail

AIR INDIA 182

2008 52 Media/Eurasia Motion Pictures, CBC A non-fiction thriller about of the Vancouver-based conspiracy to bomb Air India flight 182 and the intelligence operation that failed to thwart it.

“… brilliantly crafted … will haunt viewers and shake them from complacency as it recreates the most deadly act of air terrorism in history before 9/11. … a classic of its genre and an important page of Canadian history.” – Bruce Kirkland. Toronto Sun

GERRIE & LOUISE

1997 CBC/CNN. A darkly fascinating film that explores unlikely marriage between Colonel Gerrie Hugo, a one-time apartheid hit-squad commander and Louise Flanagan, the investigative reporter who exposed him.

“The gripping account of a journey through delusion to enlightenment.” – Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic

FINAL OFFER

1984 National Film Board of Canada/CBC The classic cinema verite account of the bare-knuckle backroom brawl between the Canadian and American leaders of the United Autoworkers Union during the historic strike that led to the breakup of the international union.

“Strap on your seatbelts. This backstage look at the GM contract talks has more intrigue, backstabbing and double- crossing than Dallas or Dynasty. Don’t miss it.” — The Toronto Sun

AFTER THE AXE

1982 National Film Board of Canada/ CBC About an outplacement consultant and the executives he’s contracted to ‘terminate’.

“…fascinates like a snake.” -Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail

AWARDS

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FORCE OF NATURE

Toronto International Film Festival: People’s Choice Documentary Award
Vancouver International Film Festival: Audience Choice Environmental Award

Directors Guild of Canada ‘Alan King Award’ for outstanding achievement in documentary filmmaking

Sudbury Film Festival:‘Kinosmith Documentary Award’

 

AIR INDIA 182

Hot Docs – Opening Film
Directors Guild of Canada ‘Alan King Award’ for outstanding achievement in documentary filmmaking
Gemini Awards outstanding achievement in documentary filmmaking nominee

ABOVE AND BEYOND

Directors Guild Award – Outstanding Achievement In Direction

 

DAVINCI’S INQUEST

Gemini Award – Outstanding Achievement in Direction

 

100 DAYS IN THE JUNGLE

Gemini Awards
- Best Television Movie
- Best Direction nomination
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role nomination
- Best Cinematography nomination
- Best Musical Score nomination
- Best Overall Sound nomination

Director’s Guild Awards
- Outstanding achievement in direction nomination
- Outstanding achievement in a television movie nomination

 

RARE BIRDS

Directors Guild of Canada Awards
- Outstanding Achievement in Direction
- Outstanding Achievement in Picture Editing
- Outstanding Achievement in Production Design
- Outstanding Achievement in a Feature Film

Genie Award Nominations
- Best Motion Picture
- Best Achievement in Direction
- Best Adapted Screenplay
- Best Achievement in Cinematography
- Best Sound Editing

Taos Talking Picture Festival: Taos Land Grant Award nomination

Atlantic Film Festival
– Opening Gala
= Audience Choice Award

Canadian Comedy Awards
-Best Female Performance Award
-Best Direction nominee Best Male Performance nominee
-Best Writing nominee

 

SCORN

Gemini Awards
- Best Television Movie
- Best Achievement in Direction nomination
- Best screenplay nomination
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role nomination

Writers Guild of Canada Awards – Best Television Movie

Biarritz Television Festival – FIPA D’Or

Victoria Film Festival – Famous Players Award for Best Canadian Feature

 

SUCH A LONG JOURNEY

Toronto International Film Festival – Special Presentation

Vancouver Film Festival – Opening Gala, Audience Choice Award

Genie Awards
-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Award
-Best Achievement in Editing Award
-Best Sound Editing Award
-Best Motion Picture nomination
-Outstanding Achievement in Direction nomination
-Outstanding Performance by an actor in a supporting role nomination
-Best Screenplay nomination
-Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography nomination
-Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design nomination
-Best Music Score nomination
-Best Overall Sound nomination

 

GERRIE & LOUISE

International Emmy Award – Best Feature Documentary

Gemini Awards
- Donald Brittain Award for Best Documentary Program
- Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series
- Best Directing in a Documentary nomination

Chalmers Arts Awards – $25000 M. Joan Chalmers Documentarian Award

 

MOTHER TRUCKER

Cable Ace Award – Best Television Movie

Gemini Awards – Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program

 

THE DIARY OF EVELYN LAU

FIPA- Cannes Television Festival – FIPA d’Or – Best Actress, Sandra Oh

New York Festival – Gold Medal Best Actress, Sandra Oh

Prix Italia – Finalist

Gemini Awards – best actress nominee

Banff International Television Festival – Finalist

 

DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY

Rencontres Cinematographiques De La Ville De Cannes
– Grand Prix Ville de Cannes
-Prix CICAE

Havana International Festival of New Latin American Cinema – Premio Coral

San Remo Festival D’Auteur – Best Actress

Worldfest Huston – Gold Award

Montreal International Film Festival – Official Competition

Toronto International Film Festival

Genie Awards
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role nomination
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role nomination
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role nomination
- Best Music Score nomination

 

FINAL OFFER

Genie Award – Best Feature Documentary

Banff Television Festival
- Grand Prize
-Rockie Award for Best Social or Political Documentary

Prix Italia – best documentary

International Documentary Association Top Ten Films of the Decade

San Francisco International Film Festival – Golden Gate Award

Chicago International Film Festival – Gold Plaque

Columbus International Film Festival – Chris Award

Leipzig International Documentary Festival – Official Competition

 

AFTER THE AXE

Academy Awards – Oscar Nomination – Best Feature Documentary

American Film Festival – Blue Ribbon Award

Yorkton Film Festival – Golden Sheaf Award