Pat Mills (director)

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Pat Mills
Pat Mills headshot, from the CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser 2014 (15177217421).jpg
CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser 2014
Kevin Patrick Mills

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, actor
Known forGuidance, Don't Talk to Irene

Kevin Patrick Mills is a Canadian film director, screenwriter and actor, whose feature film debut Guidance was released in 2015.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

A former child actor who appeared on the television series You Can't Do That on Television,[2] Mills later studied filmmaking at Ryerson University and studied at the Canadian Film Centre.[2]


Mills has directed several short films, including 5 Dysfunctional People in a Car, Marjorie, Pat's First Kiss, Babysitting Andy, The Affected Turtleneck Trio and I'm Not Martin!, and won the Toronto International Film Festival's annual Pitch This! competition for emerging film directors in 2008 for his pitch for Don't Talk to Irene.[3] Don't Talk to Irene later won the award for Best Comedy Screenplay at the 2013 Austin Film Festival.[4] He also has a teen drama television series, Amnesia Girl, in development.[5]

Mills, who is gay,[2] wrote Guidance as a satirical spin on his own history as a child actor,[2] centering the screenplay on a character whose backstory is similar to his own but who has much more dysfunctional ways of dealing with his insecurities.[2] Having not taken an acting role since 1994, he had to pay almost ten years worth of back ACTRA dues in order to act in his own film.[6] His performance was nominated for a 2015 ACTRA Award.[7]

Don't Talk to Irene went into production in 2016 as Mills' second film,[8] premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and was theatrically released in Canada and the USA. It went on to win both the Comedy Vanguard Award and Audience Award at the Austin Film Festival,[9] the Audience Choice at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival[10] and the Galet d'Or at the 5th Canadian film festival of Dieppe, France.[11] Mills was also listed as one of MovieMaker Magazine's 25 Screenwriters to Watch in 2018.[12] In June 2018, Don't Talk to Irene won two Canadian Comedy Awards: Best Feature and Best Writing in a Feature.[13]

In 2020 he directed the digital series Queens for CBC Gem, which won Best Canadian Web Series by Now Magazine.[14]

In October 2020, he directed Lifetime's first LGBTQ+ Christmas movie, The Christmas Setup.[15]


Television and Film (as an actor)
Year Title Role Notes
1979 You Can't Do That on Television Cast member (TV Series), 6 episodes
2001 The Affected Turtleneck Trio Quann (Short film)
2002 Secondary High Steve (Film)
2014 Guidance David Gold (Film)
2017 Don't Talk to Irene Teacher (Film)
2018 Honey Bee Mr. Delaney (Film)
Workin' Moms (TV Series) Mark (TV Series), 1 episode: "Trash Panda"


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