Jean Beaudin

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Jean Beaudin
Born (1939-02-06) 6 February 1939 (age 79)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation Film director
Years active 1966–present

Jean Beaudin (born 6 February 1939) is a Canadian film director and screenwriter. He has directed 20 films since 1969. His film J.A. Martin Photographer, was entered into the 1977 Cannes Film Festival, where Monique Mercure won the award for Best Actress.[1] The film also won best Film, he won best Director, and Mercure won best Actress awards at the 1977 Canadian Film Awards. He was nominated (but did not win) for the Genie Award for Best Achievement in Direction in 1986, 1992 and 2003 for his films The Alley Cat (Le Matou), Being at Home with Claude and Le Collectionneur, respectively.[2]

Actress Domini Blythe (1947–2010) was his partner of more than 20 years.[3]

Early career[edit]

Jean Beaudin received a diploma from Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montreal and studied at the School of Design in Zurich. He first joined the National Film Board of Canada in 1964, working initially in the animation studios, then subsequently directing educational films. He made a number for a mathematical series, then Veritge, a psychological study, before he directed his first feature, Stop, in 1971. Although Beaudin has taken a few shots at wild and visionary moviemaking, he is best known for the restrained performances and fastidious visuals of pictures such as his 1977 masterpiece J.A. Martin, photographe, which has been consistently nominated by critics as one of the best Canadian features ever made. Since J.A. Martin, Beaudin’s career has been focused exclusively in Quebec with Cordélia, Mario, the film version of the stage hit Being at Home with Claude, and the hugely popular television series, Les Filles de Caleb.[4]


Features and shorts[edit]

Other work[edit]

  • Géométrie (Documentary series, 1966)
  • Mathématiques (Documentary series, 1967)
  • Vertige (Documentary short, 1969)
  • Et pourquoi pas? (Documentary short, 1969)
  • Jeux de la XXIe olympiade (Documentary Co-Directed with Marcel Carrière, Georges Dufaux, and Jean-Claude Labrecque, 1977)
  • Une journée dans les parcs nationaux (Documentary short, 1979)
  • Mount-Royal (TV series, 1987)
  • L'or et le papier (TV series, 1989)
  • Les filles de Caleb (TV series, 1990–1991)
  • Shehaweh (TV mini-series, 1992)
  • Les minutes du patrimoine (TV series, 1993)
  • Craque la vie! (TV movie, 1994)
  • Miséricorde (TV mini-series, 1994)
  • Ces enfants d'ailleurs (TV mini-series, 1997)
  • The Hunger (TV series, 1998)
  • Big Wolf on Campus (TV series, 2000)
  • Willie (TV mini-series, 2000)


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: J.A. Martin Photographer". Retrieved 10 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Wise, Wyndham (2001). Take One's Essential Guide to Canadian Film. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. p. 18. ISBN 0 8020 3512 4. Retrieved 30 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Domini Blythe obituary London Independent, 23 February 2011.[1]
  4. ^ "Jean Beaudin". NFB Profiles. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 15 June 2012. [permanent dead link]

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