June 11, 1929|
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Years active||1956 - Present|
Ron Kelly (born June 11, 1929 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian film director and screenwriter. He began his career with the CBC film unit, directing many short and documentary films between 1952 and 1964. He traveled to France, Spain and Mexico producing and directing documentaries independently from 1956 to 1958. From 1959 to 1962 he studied at Pinewood Studios, England, on a Canadian Arts Council fellowship and while there produced and directed documentaries for the BBC, CBC and National Office of Film, UK. In 1967 he co-wrote and directed the feature film Waiting for Caroline, as a commemoration of Canada's centennial year. Waiting for Caroline was distributed internationally by United Artists, Hollywood. In Hollywood in 1968, Kelly directed for Twentieth Century Fox Studios and Disney Studio. In 1970 he returned to Canada, writing, directing and producing dramas and documentaries for the NFB and CBC. His most recent film is Victims of Victims (2004), a documentary exploration of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Awards and recognition
Ron Kelly received the Palme d'Or for England at the Cannes Film Festival, 1962 for The Tearaways. In 1965 he received a Canadian Film Award for Best Direction for his film The Gift, a documentary on Hiroshima, and again in 1967 for an episode of the TV Series Wojeck entitled The Last Man in the World. The latter also received the Golden Globe Award at Monte Carlo. Kelly's television productions of The Open Grave (a 1964 episode of the TV series Horizon) and The Megantic Outlaw (1970) were also winners of Canadian Film Awards, and The Open Grave won the Prix Italia in Genoa. The Irish received 1st prize for documentaries at the New York Film Festival, and the Atlanta Film Festival and the Chicago Film Festival's Gold Bear Award in 1975.
- King of the Grizzlies (1970)
- The Megantic Outlaw (1970)
- Waiting for Caroline (1967)
- The Last Man in the World (1966)
- Valley in a River (Documentary, 1966)
- The Gift (1965)
- Quo Vadis, Mrs. Lumb? (Documentary, 1965)
- Centennial Travellers (Documentary, (1965)
- The Open Grave (1964)