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Phyllis Ellis

Phyllis Ellis, director, actor,

B: November 11, 1959 in Oakville, Ontario

Phyllis Ellis has worked in film and television for more than 20 years, as an actor, director, producer and writer, creating critically acclaimed and award-winning films and television across genres. She recently finished the beautiful and acclaimed feature documentary Painted Country: In Search of the Group of Seven for TVO with White Pine Pictures. In 2013, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television awarded her the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social-Political Documentary for About Her, a feature-length documentary she wrote, directed and produced, chronicling the lives of five women struggling with breast cancer. She was nominated for a 2006 Gemini for Best Direction, Lifestyle Series for Made to Or­der and won a 2007 Gemini nomination for Best Director in a Documentary series for Crystal: Living the Dream. She also co-created and directed the Gemini-winning comedies The Wilkinsons and Three Chords from the Truth. Before all this, Ellis was an athlete and competed in field hockey for Canada at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. Her 2019 documentary Toxic Beauty had its World Premiere at that year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival. We list her credits as a Director first.

Also see: Throw Back Wednesday.
Also see: More CDN Films at Hot Docs 2022.

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

About Her (documentary, TV-2010)

Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven (2015, documentary)
Girl’s Night Out (TV-2015, documentary)
Toxic Beauty (2019, documentary)

Category: Woman (2021, documentary)
REVIVAL69: The Concert that Rocked the World (2023, documentary)

TV Series – at least 1 episode of:
The Wilkinsons (2006, 2007)
Three Chords from the Truth (2009)

Credits as an Actor:
It Was You Charlie (2013)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
The Wilkinsons (2006, 2007)
Three Chords from the Truth (2009)

Call me Fitz (2010)
The Listener (2011)
Murdoch Mysteries (2011)
Lost Girl (2013)

Category: Woman, movie, poster,