Lynne Stopkewich

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Lynne Stopkewich
Born 1964
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Concordia University,
University of British Columbia
Occupation film director

Lynne Stopkewich (born 1964) is a Canadian film director, particularly notable as the director of the film Kissed (1996).


In 1987, Stopkewich obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in film studies from Concordia University, followed in 1996 by a Master of Fine Arts Degree in film studies from the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia. Her first short films were made while at Concordia. Kissed commenced development as Stopkewich's thesis feature at the University of British Columbia, to which Stopkewich later returned as a faculty member.[1]

In addition to Kissed, Stopkewich has directed the feature film Suspicious River (2000). She has also directed various television episodes of Bliss, Da Vinci's Inquest, The L Word, This Is Wonderland and The Shields Stories.[2] Stopkewich generally prefers to work with cast and crew with whom she has worked before, most notably, the actress Molly Parker.."[3]

Stopkewich's approach to the gaze in film is in part informed by feminist film theory,[4] and thus her films have been described as being "darkly feminist."[5] Canadians also see in her films "a strong sense of local culture" which rises "above the American appropriation of Vancouver as a backdrop for American generic culture."[6]

She is the Vancouver director on Here At Home, a 2012 National Film Board of Canada web documentary exploring the Mental Health Commission of Canada's efforts to end homelessness for people with mental illness via its At Home initiative.[7]


  1. ^ Faculty Profile of Lynne Stopkewich Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine.. Department of Theatre and Film Studies, University of British Columbia. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  2. ^ Melnyk, George; Austin-Smith, Brenda (2010). The gendered screen : Canadian women filmmakers. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press. p. 43. ISBN 9781554582716. 
  3. ^ Kalli Paakspuu, "Lynne Stopkewich: Abject Sexualities" Great Canadian Film Directors, ed. George Melnyk. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press (2007): 385. "Preferring to work with established relationships, her creative collaboration with actress Molly Parker ... has been outstanding."
  4. ^ Kay Armatage, Gendering the Nation Toronto: University of Toronto Press (1999): 264. "Stopkewich describes her approach to the circuit of looks as an overt decision, based on her familiarity with feminist film theory."
  5. ^ Paakspuu (2007): 385
  6. ^ Paakspuu (2007): 401
  7. ^ Curran, Oisin. "Here At Home: In the Kitchen With Mr. MadDogg". Huffington Post. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 

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