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Sturla Gunnarsson
Sturla Gunnarsson at the 2017 CFC Annual Garden Party (35139862816).jpg
BornAugust 30, 1951
OccupationFilm director
Film producer
Years active1981 – Present
Websitewww.sturlagunnarsson.com

Sturla Gunnarsson (born August 30, 1951)[1] is an Icelandic-Canadian film and television director and producer.

Gunnarsson was born in Reykjavík in 1951. He moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, with his parents 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, A Day Much Like the Others, went on to win top honours at the Canadian Student Film Festival and the European Student Film Festival. It was also screened at New York City's Museum of Modern Art.

With his formal education behind him, Gunnarsson moved to Toronto and worked initially at the National Film Board (NFB). His first NFB project, After the Axe, received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature.[2] He has since won a number of awards including Emmy Award, Genie Award and Gemini Awards, a Prix Italia, and the Prix Villes de Cannes.

His documentary about David Suzuki, Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie, won the People’s Choice Documentary Award at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.[3]

In 2018, Gunnarsson worked with film and story editor Nick Hector to complete the movie Sharkwater Extinction after the death of Rob Stewart.[4]

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Film producer

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British Columbia

British Columbia

British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada, situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. It has a diverse geography, with rugged landscapes that include rocky coastlines, sandy beaches, forests, lakes, mountains, inland deserts and grassy plains, and borders the province of Alberta to the east and the Yukon and Northwest Territories to the north. With an estimated population of 5.3 million as of 2022, it is Canada's third-most populous province. The capital of British Columbia is Victoria and its largest city is Vancouver. Vancouver is the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada; the 2021 census recorded 2.6 million people in Metro Vancouver.

Filmmaking

Filmmaking

Filmmaking is the process by which a motion picture is produced. Filmmaking involves a number of complex and discrete stages, starting with an initial story, idea, or commission. It then continues through screenwriting, casting, pre-production, shooting, sound recording, post-production, and screening the finished product before an audience that may result in a film release and an exhibition. Filmmaking occurs in a variety of economic, social, and political contexts around the world. It uses a variety of technologies and cinematic techniques.

English literature

English literature

English literature is literature written in the English language from United Kingdom, its crown dependencies, the Republic of Ireland, the United States, and the countries of the former British Empire. The English language has developed over the course of more than 1,400 years. The earliest forms of English, a set of Anglo-Frisian dialects brought to Great Britain by Anglo-Saxon invaders in the fifth century, are called Old English. Beowulf is the most famous work in Old English, and has achieved national epic status in England, despite being set in Scandinavia. However, following the Norman conquest of England in 1066, the written form of the Anglo-Saxon language became less common. Under the influence of the new aristocracy, French became the standard language of courts, parliament, and polite society. The English spoken after the Normans came is known as Middle English. This form of English lasted until the 1470s, when the Chancery Standard, a London-based form of English, became widespread. Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales, was a significant figure in the development of the legitimacy of vernacular Middle English at a time when the dominant literary languages in England were still French and Latin. The invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in 1439 also helped to standardise the language, as did the King James Bible (1611), and the Great Vowel Shift.

Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art

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After the Axe

After the Axe

After the Axe is a 1982 Canadian drama film about executive firings directed by Sturla Gunnarsson. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film explores the experiences of managers getting fired and the emergence of a new industry specialized in handling such terminations. Despite its Oscar nomination in the documentary category, After the Axe is closer to a docufiction film, made with the cooperation of members of the Canadian business community, which provided locations and helped script scenes during filming. The film's protagonist, D.R. "Biff" Wilson, is a composite character based on the filmmakers' conversations with fired executives, while the other Canadian executives play themselves.

Gemini Awards

Gemini Awards

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Prix Italia

Prix Italia

The Prix Italia is an international Television, Radio-broadcasting and Web award. It was established in 1948 by RAI – Radiotelevisione Italiana in Capri and is honoured with the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic. More than one hundred public and private radio and television organisations representing 57 countries from the five continents form and outline the community of the Prix Italia which is in continuous evolution. Unique in the world, among International festivals and prizes, is the organisational and decision-making body of the Prix. The delegates of broadcating members decide and resolve the editorial outline and elect the President.

David Suzuki

David Suzuki

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Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie

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2010 Toronto International Film Festival

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Nick Hector

Nick Hector

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Features and TV movies

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After the Axe

After the Axe

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Final Offer

Final Offer

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Diplomatic Immunity (1991 Canadian film)

Diplomatic Immunity (1991 Canadian film)

Diplomatic Immunity is a Canadian political thriller film, released in 1991. It marked the narrative feature film debut of Sturla Gunnarsson.

Gerrie & Louise

Gerrie & Louise

Gerrie & Louise is a 1997 Canadian documentary film directed by Sturla Gunnarsson. The film examines post-apartheid South Africa through the lens of Gerrie Hugo, a former officer in the South African Defence Force who fell in love with and married Louise Flanagan, a journalist investigating the SADF's role in various controversial events during the apartheid era.

Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way

Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way

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Such a Long Journey (film)

Such a Long Journey (film)

Such a Long Journey is a 1998 Indo-Canadian English language film based on the novel of the same name written by Rohinton Mistry. The film is directed by Sturla Gunnarsson with a screenplay by Sooni Taraporevala. The film received twelve Genie Awards nominations including the Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. The film was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Rare Birds

Rare Birds

Rare Birds is a 2001 Canadian comedy/drama film. It was directed by Sturla Gunnarsson and written by Edward Riche based on his novel. The film features spectacular scenery from Cape Spear, Newfoundland, Canada. It also features music by The Pogues and characteristic Canadian Maritime musicians such as Ashley MacIsaac.

Beowulf & Grendel

Beowulf & Grendel

Beowulf & Grendel is a 2005 Canadian-Icelandic fantasy adventure film directed by Sturla Gunnarsson, loosely based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf. It stars Gerard Butler as Beowulf, Stellan Skarsgård as Hrothgar, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson as Grendel and Sarah Polley as the witch Selma. The screenplay was written by Andrew Rai Berzins. The soundtrack was composed by Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson.

Air India 182 (film)

Air India 182 (film)

Air India 182 is a 2008 documentary directed by Sturla Gunnarsson, and produced by David York. It is about the Air India Flight 182 bombing in 1985. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation commissioned the film, which originally had the preliminary title Flight 182. Gunarsson stated that he hoped the film would cause Canadians to contemplate domestic terrorism.

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie

Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie is a Canadian documentary film, directed by Sturla Gunnarsson and released in 2010. The film profiles Canadian science broadcaster and environmental activist David Suzuki.

Ice Soldiers

Ice Soldiers

Ice Soldiers is a 2013 Canadian action-science fiction film directed by Sturla Gunnarsson and starring Dominic Purcell, Adam Beach and Michael Ironside. In the film, Malraux (Purcell), and a team of Canadian scientists release a group of frozen Soviet-era soldiers who attempt to complete their original mission: a devastating attack on the United States.

Monsoon (2014 film)

Monsoon (2014 film)

Monsoon is a 2014 Canadian documentary film by Sturla Gunnarsson about the monsoon weather system in India.

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Gemini Awards

Gemini Awards

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Prix Italia

Prix Italia

The Prix Italia is an international Television, Radio-broadcasting and Web award. It was established in 1948 by RAI – Radiotelevisione Italiana in Capri and is honoured with the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic. More than one hundred public and private radio and television organisations representing 57 countries from the five continents form and outline the community of the Prix Italia which is in continuous evolution. Unique in the world, among International festivals and prizes, is the organisational and decision-making body of the Prix. The delegates of broadcating members decide and resolve the editorial outline and elect the President.

Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival

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Monsoon (2014 film)

Monsoon (2014 film)

Monsoon is a 2014 Canadian documentary film by Sturla Gunnarsson about the monsoon weather system in India.

Source: "Sturla Gunnarsson", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturla_Gunnarsson.

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References
  1. ^ "Sturla Gunnarsson". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ Balkissoon, Denise (July 2008). "History Major: Sturla Gunnarsson tells the true story of a great Canadian tragedy. Finally Archived 2011-07-17 at the Wayback Machine", Toronto Life 42 (7): 21. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
  3. ^ Knelman, Martin (September 22, 2010). "Suzuki documentary explores the nature of him", Toronto Star, p. E4.
  4. ^ "TIFF 2018: Sharkwater Extinction and the legacy of Rob Stewart". The Globe and Mail, September 6, 2018.
  5. ^ Gunnarsson, Sturla (Director) (2000). Scorn.
  6. ^ "Sturla Gunnarsson's Monsoon crowned Canada's Top Ten Film Festival People's Choice Award winner" (PDF) (Press release). tiff. 2015-01-12. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2019-09-04.
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