Film and television director Eric Till began his career in theatre as a composer and made a few appearances in opera and on the stage. Later, with two years of service in the British military, he joined a radio station in Hamburg, Germany, which he then used to work his way into a job in the record library at the British Broadcasting Corporation. He quickly realized this was a dead-end in terms of a career move and so left England for Canada in 1954. After serving two years as company manager with National Ballet of Canada, Till joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and directed a number of fine arts programs of opera, ballet and television plays, which ran the gamut from classic to contemporary. His best-known Canadian films are Small Gifts, Getting Married in Buffalo Jump, First Snowfall, Win Again, Turning To Stone, and A Nest of Singing Birds. In 2004 he was honoured with a Lifetime Artistic Achievement award from the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. His 2000 film, Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace won the Grand Prix at the 2001 Monte Carlo Film Festival.
The photo of Eric Till was taken while he was working on Terence Heffernan’s A Great Big Thing and was donated to the Northernstars Collection in April of 2011.
Features & TV Movies:
A Great Big Thing (1968)
Walking Stick (1970)
Improper Channels (1981)
Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (2000)
TV Series – at least 1 episode of:
The Streets of San Francisco (1972)
Home Fires (1981)
Scales of Justice (1990)