Litz at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
December 26, 1976 |
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
|Alma mater||York University|
Nadia Litz (born December 26, 1976) is a Canadian actress and director.
Litz was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A former child actor, she has described herself as somewhat ambitious. She is of Russian, Polish and British descent. She took an interest in films at the age of 6, and started living in Toronto at 17 to attend York University, but left to film The Five Senses. She also joined the 2,500 hopefuls who auditioned for the title role in the 1997 film version of Lolita, which went to Dominique Swain. She returned to York University to take film studies.
Litz would go on to achieve a long acting resume, although she often received no money for her parts and instead chose projects she liked. In 1998 and 1999 she appeared in episodes of the Canadian television series Due South and Wind at My Back. She starred in Jeremy Podeswa's The Five Senses that screened at The Director's Fortnight in Cannes. She later received the title role in the short film Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl (2002) by Brad Peyton. That year, she also appeared in the television film Salem Witch Trials as Mary Walcott (here called May Walcott), and has starred in films such as Rhinoceros Eyes (2003), Love That Boy, and Monkey Warfare (2006) for which she won a Vancouver Critics Award and You Are Here (2011).
Her honours have included being named by Maclean's magazine as "25 People Under 25 To Watch" for The Five Senses, and being nominated for a Gemini Award for acting in the television miniseries After the Harvest.
While studying film theory, Litz briefly considered law school as a "fallback career possibility," although the law degree would be used for film production and not to leave the film business. She explained to the press that "I work, but I work in independent films. There have been a few years that I have made a living and a few years that I haven't. It's a struggle for anyone trying to have a full-time career in film in Canada. Or anywhere."
Litz's graduating year she wrote, directed, shot and edited her first short film, on super 8 film called Remembering The Only Time I Tried To Stop My Heart From Failing (and Failed).
In 2009 she attended the prestigious Berlinale Talent Campus and studied under Janusz Kamiński and Tilda Swinton who were guest moderators. Later that year, she was accepted as a Director-in-Residence to Norman Jewison's sought after program at the Canadian Film Center. There she directed the successful short film called How To Rid Your Lover Of A Negative Emotion Caused By You! which made its world debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2010, described by The Style Notebook as "one of the best films at TIFF this year!"
|1998||The Mighty||Girl in Diner|
|1999||The Five Senses||Rachel Seraph|
|2002||Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl||Evelyn||Short film|
|2003||Love That Boy||Phoebe|
|2004||Some Things That Stay||Helen Murphy|
|2008||Blindness||Woman of Ward One|
|2010||You Are Here||Marcie|
|2012||Where Do We Go From Here||Abby||Short film|
|2014||Big Muddy||Martha Barlow|
|1996||Hidden in America||Checker||TV film|
|1998||Due South||Girl||Episode: "Good for the Soul"|
|1999||Wind at My Back||Burlesque Bandit #1||Episode: "Public Enemies"|
|2001||After the Harvest||Jude Gare||TV film|
|2002||Salem Witch Trials||May Walcott||TV film|
|2011||King||Clara Gruen||Episode: "Amanda Jacobs"|
- "Nadia Litz has come a long way since her Kmart-catalogue modelling days in Winnipeg". National Post. September 10, 2014. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
- Zekas, Rita (October 24, 2003). "Warning Powdered coffee creamer is nothing to sniff at". Toronto Star. p. D.06.
- Nestruck, J. Kelly (September 9, 2006). "Litz hits glitz blitz". National Post. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2007.
- "Canadian cinema's New Hope". The Globe and Mail. September 9, 2016. Retrieved 7 April 2018.