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Sturla Gunnarsson


B: January 1, 1951 in Reykjavik, Iceland

Sturla Gunnarsson moved to Vancouver when he was seven years old. As he grew up he became interested in filmmaking and went to the University of British Columbia where he completed undergraduate studies in English literature and graduate work in film studies. Part of the graduate program requires the production of a film. His, titled A Day Much Like the Others, went on to win top honours at the Canadian Student Film Festival and the European Student Film Festival. Icing on the cake was a screening at the Museum of Modern Art. With his formal education behind him, Sturla moved to Toronto and worked initially at the National Film Board. His first project for them, After the Axe, received an Oscar nomination for Best Short Documentary. He has since won a number of awards including Emmy, Genie and Gemini Awards, a Prix Italia, and the Prix Villes de Cannes.

Also see: An interview with Sturla Gunnarson
Also see: Official website

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

A Day Much Like the Others (1979)

After the Axe (1982)
Final Offer (TV-1985)
Where Is Here? (1987)

Diplomatic Immunity (1991)
The Diary of Evelyn Lau (TV-1993)
We the Jury (TV-1996)
Mother Trucker: The Diana Kilmury Story (TV-1996)
Gerrie & Louise (1997)
Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way (TV-1997)
Such a Long Journey (1998)
Dangerous Evidence: The Lori Jackson Story (TV-1999)
Ricky Nelson: Original Teen Idol (TV-1999)

Scorn (TV-2000)
Rare Birds (2001)
The Man Who Saved Christmas (TV-2002)
100 Days in the Jungle (TV-2002)
Beowulf & Grendel (2005)
Air India 182 (2007)

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie (2010)
The National Parks Project (2011)
Ice Soldiers (2013)
Monsoon (2014)

TV Series – at least 1 episode of:
The Beachcombers (1972)

The Ray Bradbury Theater (1985)
The Twilight Zone (1985)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985)
9B (1988)

Scales of Justice (1990)
Dead Man’s Gun (1997)
Da Vinci’s Inquest (1998)

Zoe Busiek: Wild Card (2003)
Snakes & Ladders (2004)
Above and Beyond (2005, mini-series)
Intelligence (2006)
The Best Years (2007, 2009)
Degrassi: The Next Generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
Defying Gravity (2009)
St. Brigid’s Medical (2009)

Rookie Blue (2011)
The Firm (2013)
Motive (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
19-2 (2016)
The Art of More (2016)
Schitt’s Creek (2018)
Ransom (2018)
Street Legal (2019)