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Giles Walker


B: January 17, 1946 in Dundee, Scotland
D: March 23, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario

Born in Scotland, Giles Walker made his way to North America and graduated from California’s Stanford University Film School with a Master of Arts degree in 1972. He went on to direct and/or produce 20 films over a 17 year career at the National Film Board of Canada. In 1994 he ventured into episodic television, directing five episodes of the gritty Canadian police drama Sirens. His films have won over 40 national and international awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Bravery In the Field (Best Live Action Short Film – 1980), which starred Matt Craven in his first film role. His feature 90 Days won a Gold Ducat at Mannhelm, a Gold Plaque at Chicago and a Gold Toucan at Rio de Janeiro. Princes In Exile won the Golden Nymph for Best Television Film at the 1991 Monte Carlo Television Festival as well as the Prix AMADE at the same festival. Ordinary Magic won the Lukas Jury Prize at the 1993 Frankfurt Film Festival and a Gold Medal at the 1993 Giffoni Festival in Italy.

Also see: Remembering Giles Walker.

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

Freshwater World (1974, documentary short)
Descent (1975, documentary short)
No Way They Want to Slow Down (1976, documenary short)
The Sword of the Lord (1976, documentary)
I Wasn’t Scared (1977, short)
Bravery in the Field (1979, short)
Twice Upon a Time (1979, short)

The Masculine Mystique (1984, co-directed with John N. Smith)
A Good Tree (1984, short)
The Concert Stages of Europe (1985, short)
90 Days (1985)
The Last Straw (1987)
Caddie Woodlawn (1989)

Princes in Excile (1991)
Ordinary Magic (1993)
Never Too Late (1996)

Tales from the Neverending Story: The Beginning (TV-2001)

The Way of Tai Chi (2011, documentary)

TV Series – at least one episode of:
Sirens (1994, 1995)
Side Effects (1996)
PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal (1996, 1997, 1999)
Traders (1997)
Lassie (1997)
Emily of New Moon (1998, 1999, 2000)
Cold Squad (1998, 1999, 2001)
Little Men (1999)
Dooley Gardens (1999)

Blackfly (2001)
Vampire High (2001)
Galidor: Defenders of the Outer Dimension (2002)
Il Duce Canadese (mini-series, 2004)
Fries with That (2004)
René Lévesque (2005, mini-series)
Doctor*ology (2007)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
I Wasn’t Scared (1977, short)
Bravery in the Field (1979, short)

90 Days (1985)
The Last Straw (1987)