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Phillip Borsos


B: May 5, 1953 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
D: February 2, 1995 in Vancouver, British Columbia

Phillip Borsos was the son of a Hungarian sculptor and an English nurse. Born in Tasmania, he moved to Trail, British Columbia when he was 5. As a Grade 11 student, he acquired a 16-mm Bolex camera from his father and began his obsession with film-making. In the late 1970s, he made documentaries for the National Film Board, including Nails, a simple study of nail manufacturing, which received an Oscar nomination. He next teamed up with Toronto-based producer Peter O’Brian, and directed his first feature film, The Grey Fox. Based on the true story of Bill Miner, an American stagecoach-bandit-turned-train-robber who fled to Canada, the film brought immediate international acclaim. Borsos was a four-time Canadian Film Award and Genie Award winner and an Academy Award nominee. A mainstream, talented director, Phillip Borsos died of leukemia in 1995. In 2004, the Whistler Film Festival initiated The Borsos Competition in his honour.

Read a Tribute to Phillip Borsos by Producer, Peter O’Brian.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

The Barking Dog (1975)
Cadillac (1976)
Cooperage (1977)
Spartree (1978)
Nails (1979)

The Grey Fox (1982)
The Mean Season (1984)
One Magic Christmas (1985)

Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990)
Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog (1994)

The Grey Fox, movie poster
This poster for The Grey Fox was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.