24 November 1929
Eric Till (born 24 November 1929) is an English film and television director working in Canada, the United States, and Europe since the 1960s. His 1977 film It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet was entered into the 10th Moscow International Film Festival.
After directing for the Armchair Theatre and Wednesday Play series' in the UK, Till emigrated to Canada in Toronto in 1954. He has directed numerous Canadian and American TV films from the 1960s onwards, including An American Christmas Carol starring Henry Winkler, Getting Married in Buffalo Jump, and To Catch a Killer starring Brian Dennehy as psychotic serial killer John Wayne Gacy.
Films he has directed include; Hot Millions, A Fan's Notes, It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet, Bethune, Wild Horse Hank, Improper Channels, Voices from Within (also known as Silhouette), Bonhoeffer - Agent of Grace, Luther and the Muppet television movies Fraggle Rock, The Christmas Toy and A Muppet Family Christmas. His work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) included some of the following: the mini-series of Pierre Berton's The National Dream, a movie of Brian Friel's Freedom of the City, Katherine Anne Porter's Pale Horse, Pale Rider, Marghanita Laski's The Offshore Island, John Hopkin's Talking to a Stranger, the television film Shocktrauma, and the mini-series Glory Enough for All about the discoverers of insulin.
Till has directed performances of the National Ballet of Canada, the Bolshoi Ballet, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for television as well as the final concert of the famous conductor Sir Thomas Beecham.
In 2005 he was awarded the Governor General's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson.
On August 12, 2008, it was announced that Till would be receiving the 2008 Director's Guild of Canada Lifetime Achievement Award.
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