Guy Maddin

Guy Maddin

Known For: Directing · Birthday: 1956-02-28 (65 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

75 Movies

Biography

Guy Maddin, is a Canadian screenwriter, director, author, cinematographer, and film editor of both features and short films, as well as an installation artist, from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Since completing his first film in 1985, Maddin has become one of Canada's most well-known and celebrated filmmakers.Maddin has directed twelve feature films and numerous short films, in addition to publishing three books and creating a host of installation art projects. A number of Maddin's recent films began as or developed from installation art projects, and his books also relate to his film work. Maddin is known for his fascination with lost Silent-era films and for incorporating their aesthetics into his own work. Maddin has been the subject of much critical praise and academic attention, including two books of interviews with Maddin and two book-length academic studies of his work. Maddin was appointed to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour, in 2012.Maddin first served as a visiting lecturer at Harvard University's Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies in 2015. Until then, he had always lived in Winnipeg.

Early Life

Guy Maddin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Herdis Maddin (a hairdresser) and Charles "Chas" Maddin (grain clerk and general manager of the Maroons, a Winnipeg hockey team). Maddin has three older siblings: Ross (b. 1944), Cameron (1946–63), and Janet (b. 1949). Maddin attended Winnipeg public schools— the Greenway School (elementary school), General Wolfe (junior high school), and the Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute (high school).Maddin's early life was marked by tragedy—in February 1963, his brother Cameron killed himself on the grave of his girlfriend, who had died in a car accident. Maddin studied economics at the University of Winnipeg, graduating in 1977 without a plan to become a filmmaker. That same year, Maddin's father died suddenly after a stroke, and Maddin married Martha Jane Waugh. Their daughter, Jilian, was born in 1978, and Maddin and Waugh divorced in 1979.After graduating, Maddin held a variety of odd jobs, including bank manager, house painter, and photo archivist. Maddin began to take film classes at the University of Manitoba. There, Maddin met film professor Stephen Snyder, who held regular film screenings of titles from the school's film library at his home. Maddin attended, as did some early collaborators, including his friend John Boles Harvie, the future star of Maddin's first film, and filmmaker John Paizs. Maddin appeared as an actor in two of Paizs' short films, as a student in Oak, Ivy, and Other Dead Elms (1982) and as a transvestite, homicidal nurse in The International Style (1983). Maddin drew early inspiration from the films of John Paizs, as well as experimental shorts by Stephen Snyder. Other early influences included L'Age d'Or by Luis Buñuel (in collaboration with Salvador Dalí) and Eraserhead by David Lynch. Maddin has stated that these films, along with the work of Paizs and Snyder, "were movies that were primitive in many respects. They were low budget, they used nonactors or nonstars, they used atmospheres and ideas, and were unbelievably honest, frank, and, therefore, exciting to me. They made moviemaking seem possible to me." Maddin also met film professor George Toles, who became Maddin's cowriter on many of his future films. Maddin's core group of friends from this period, who played various roles in the production of his early film projects, were known as "the Drones" and included Harvie, Ian Handford, and Kyle McCulloch (now a writer for South Park).Maddin joined the Winnipeg Film Group around this time, and also became friends with producer Greg Klymkiw, with whom he began making a cable access television show, Survival (c. 1985–87). Survival was a satirical talk show centred around, as its opening credits noted, how "we must survive the inevitable social/economic collapse and/or nuclear holocaust." The show became a cult hit in Winnipeg and excerpts were re-released on the compilation DVD Winnipeg Babysitter. Maddin plays a masked character on the show named "Concerned Citizen Stan."

Movies & TV shows

2020.

2 Movies
The Rabbit Hunters

The Rabbit Hunters

2020
A dead filmmaker experiences a dream in which he is unable to reconcile with his wife because of obstacles from his past. A short film was made in honor of Fellini.
Stump the Guesser

Stump the Guesser

2020
After a bad day at work, a fairground performer sets out to disprove the theory of heredity so that he can marry his sister.

2019.

1 Movie
J.T. LeRoy

J.T. LeRoy

7
2019
A young woman is pretending to be a writer for six years, pretending to be her sister-in-law.

2018.

2 Movies
Accidence

Accidence

2018
There is a murder on a balcony. There are many balconies attached to a large apartment block. Strange things are happening on the loop. The murder is unimportant as the eye attempts to take them all i...
The Green Fog

The Green Fog

2018
A tribute to a fascinating film shot by Alfred Hitchcock in 1958, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, and to the city of San Francisco, California, where the magic was created; but also a challenge:...

2017.

2 Movies
Trump Dreams

Trump Dreams

2017
A dream-inspired stream-of-consciousness download charting the trace infection lines Trump’s presence provokes in the minds of many.
Tales from the Winnipeg Film Group

Tales from the Winnipeg Film Group

2017
The explosive story of how a stubborn band of independent filmmakers started a film co-operative that became the most highly respected and mythologized film centre in Canada. Tales outlines the tremen...

2016.

2 Movies
Seances

Seances

2016
A new way of experiencing film narrative has been created by the National Film Board of Canada and Seances. There are hundreds of thousands of new stories created by code. The audience will only have ...
The Amazed Spectator

The Amazed Spectator

2016
A kino-investigation about spectatorship, a continuous conversation between different kinds of spectators: which one is more cinema: Citizen Kane on a mobile phone or a football game projected in a ci...

2015.

5 Movies
Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton

Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton

2015
Guided by the spirit of “The Cuadecuc Manifesto” (coined by co-director Evan Johnson and inspired by Pere Portabella’s 1970 experimental cult documentary, Cuadecuc, vampir), Bring Me the Head of Tim H...
The Forbidden Room

The Forbidden Room

4
2015
A submarine crew, a feared pack of forest bandits, a famous surgeon, and a battalion of child soldiers all get more than they bargained for as they move toward progressive ideas on life and love.
The 1000 Eyes of Dr Maddin

The 1000 Eyes of Dr Maddin

2015
Guy Maddin is one of the last remaining Magi of cinema. Despite living in the middle of the digital age, this heretical director hailing from the snowy plains of Canada has spent 25 years transposing ...
Lines of the Hand

Lines of the Hand

2015
An adaptation of a script by Jean Vigo, starring his late daughter, critic, programmer, and actress.
Once a Chicken

Once a Chicken

2015
The students at Béla Tarr's film factory made the adaptation of Once a Chicken.

2014.

6 Movies
Puberty

Puberty

2014
Evan Johnson and Guy Maddin wrote a short film.
Louis Riel for Dinner

Louis Riel for Dinner

2014
Guy Maddin narrates an animated tribute to the freedom fighter and founder of the province of Manitoba.
Colours

Colours

2014
Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson wrote a short film.
The Hall Runner

The Hall Runner

2014
A three minute segment featuring the titular item
Elms

Elms

2014
The short was produced for the release of Guy Maddin's 'My Winnipeg'.
Cold

Cold

2014
Evan Johnson, who is co-director on The Forbidden Room, presents four visuals essays, ranging from one and a half to four minutes in length, each representing a visual exploration of a specific theme....

2012.

1 Movie
Only Dream Things

Only Dream Things

2012
Only Dream Things was part of an installation for the 100th anniversary of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. There is an assortment of Guy Maddin's own home films from his own youth with many paint on film te...

2011.

2 Movies
Invisible World

Invisible World

2011
The film is about invisibility in the modern world.
Keyhole

Keyhole

2011
There is an unusual journey through the home of a deadbeat dad.

2010.

1 Movie
Sinclair

Sinclair

2010
A film was made for the opening of the Bell Lightbox.

2009.

6 Movies
Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair

Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair

2009
A woman is sent to a chair that reads her mind.
The Little White Cloud That Cried

The Little White Cloud That Cried

2009
The Little White Cloud That Cried, made in tribute to underground filmmaker Jack Smith, and described as: “Goddesses unharnessing the power of the sea and putting it into a whole new element as they e...
How to Take a Bath

How to Take a Bath

2009
Legendary poet John Ashbery scripted this absurdist step-by-step guide to bathing, excerpted from Guy Maddin's feature THE FORBIDDEN ROOM and restored to its original form as a stand-alone film.
Experiments in Terror 3

Experiments in Terror 3

2009
The Psychotic Odyssey of Richard Chase is one of the shorts in this collection. Guy Maddin and Marie Losier collaborated with Mike Kuchar on a novel called Born of the Wind. The short It Gets Worse wa...
Night Mayor

Night Mayor

2009
Bosnian immigrant Nihad Ademi conceived of a way to harness the power of the Aurora Borealis in order to broadcast imagery of his adopted land from coast to coast to coast.
It Came from Kuchar

It Came from Kuchar

2009
The Kuchar brothers are the subject of a documentary. George and Mike Kuchar inspired two generations of filmmakers, actors, musicians, and artists.

2008.

6 Movies
It's My Mother's Birthday Today

It's My Mother's Birthday Today

2008
The short film was directed by Guy Maddin and was about Dov Houle, who performed on tour with the film "Brand Upon the Brain!"
Footsteps

Footsteps

2008
The sound effects for Maddin's film "Brand Upon the Brain" were revealed in a short documentary.
Death of the Reel

Death of the Reel

2008
Guy Maddin tried to save cinema by flying to Kansas City, Missouri.
97 Percent True

97 Percent True

2008
Interviews with Guy Madden and his team.
Glorious

Glorious

2008
A story about a family.
Spanky: To the Pier and Back

Spanky: To the Pier and Back

2008
Guy Maddin takes his dog for a walk at the lake.

2007.

5 Movies
Manuelle Labor

Manuelle Labor

2007
A woman with an oddly hairy belly gives birth to a pair of hands in Marie Losier's giddily inventive "portrait" of Guy Maddin, done as a collaboration between the two iconoclasts. Losier, best known f...
Brand Upon the Brain!

Brand Upon the Brain!

2007
In the weird and wonderful supercinematic world of Canadian cult filmmaker Guy Maddin, personal memory collides with movie lore for a radical sensory overload. There is a silent, black-and-white comic...
Lullaby

Lullaby

2007
The viewer is sent off to sleep with this 9 minute descent into the netherworld.
My Winnipeg

My Winnipeg

6
2007
Fact, fantasy and memory are woven together in a personal portrait of Guy Maddin's hometown.

2006.

3 Movies
Nude Caboose

Nude Caboose

2006
A shirtless man tries to rouse a group of dancers. When his highjinks get the deadbeats bustin' out, something unusual catches his eye. A fateful moment was distilled into a dance floor seduction.
My Dad Is 100 Years Old

My Dad Is 100 Years Old

2006
There is a tribute to the father.
Workbook

Workbook

2006
Guy Maddin has previously released previously undiscovered material.

2005.

4 Movies
Chimney Workbook

Chimney Workbook

2005
The same image pile is used for both Chimney and Rooster. A man seems to be obsessed with or obsessed by the chimney in the "tunnel" in Rooster Workbook.
Audition Two

Audition Two

2005
Ignorant armies of sketchy people clashing by night continued.
Audition One

Audition One

2005
Ignorant armies of sketchy people clashing by night.
FuseBoy

FuseBoy

2005
Guy Maddin made a short film.

2004.

3 Movies
A Trip to the Orphanage

A Trip to the Orphanage

2004
While an opera singers sings in a snowy and cold street, we can witness a meeting between a man and a woman through blowing net curtains. The emotions of the characters are no different than the music...
Sorrowful Shadow

Sorrowful Shadow

2004
Paramo lost her husband in the plague. El Muerto prepared himself to welcome her into the darkness when she contemplated suicide. If Paramo wants to save her husband and daughter, she must beat Death ...
Sissy-Boy Slap-Party

Sissy-Boy Slap-Party

2004
Sailors on an island paradise seem to have no worries of war or danger until a playful gesture is interpreted as an act of aggression. The orgy of open-palmed face-smacking soon becomes the innocent a...

2003.

2 Movies
Cowards Bend the Knee

Cowards Bend the Knee

2003
Guy Maddin and his girlfriend go to a seedy abortion clinic in the back room of a hair salon and fall in love. She won't allow anyone to touch her until her father's murderer is brought to justice.
The Saddest Music in the World

The Saddest Music in the World

2003
A beer baroness in Depression-era Winnipeg offers a grand prize of $25,000 for the saddest music in the world.

2002.

2 Movies
Fancy, Fancy Being Rich

Fancy, Fancy Being Rich

2002
There is a short television show.
Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary

1
2002
The ballet's adaptation of a gothic novel was made into a movie. Filmed in a style reminiscent of silent Expressionist cinema of the early 20th century, it uses dance to tell the story of a sinister b...

2001.

1 Movie
It's a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life

2001
"Sonic Cinema: Sparklehorse" is a collection of short films built around the music of Sparklehorse.

2000.

4 Movies
Hospital Fragment

Hospital Fragment

2000
The images were inspired by "Tales From the Gimli Hospital".
Vinyl

Vinyl

2000
A Toronto filmmaker is Alan Zweig.
Nostradamus

Nostradamus

2000
In an attempt to bring about the end of the world, a medieval cult travels to the 20th centrury and kills people. The policeman has to stop them, but what does his fate hold?
The Heart of the World

The Heart of the World

6
2000
A race to save the world from a fatal heart attack is contrasted against a love rivalry between two brothers and an actor playing Christ for the heart of a scientist studying the earth's core.

1998.

1 Movie
Maldoror: Tygers

Maldoror: Tygers

1998
A story about lust and bestiality in a zoo. Delmas, the zookeeper, is obsessed with a strange carrion-creature, while his daughter makes desperate attempts to be noticed. It ends badly, with the creat...

1997.

4 Movies
Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight

Guy Maddin: Waiting for Twilight

1997
Interviews with Guy Maddin and his pals are included in this documentary about the Canadian film-maker's life and movies. Features clips from most of Maddin's films up to Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, i...
Zookeeper Workbook

Zookeeper Workbook

1997
A surreal short film featuring a zookeeper with a large moustache.
Twilight of the Ice Nymphs

Twilight of the Ice Nymphs

1997
After years as a political prisoner, Peter Glahn was released and returned to his homeland of Mandragora, where the sun never sets. He met the woman who stole his heart on the ship home. He goes to th...
Rooster Workbook

Rooster Workbook

1997
A sexually-charged short film which includes images of roosters and women.

1995.

2 Movies
The Hands of Ida

The Hands of Ida

1995
Guy Maddin directed the movie. It was rumored to have been destroyed in a black magic ceremony.

1992.

1 Movie
Careful

Careful

4
1992
In the remote Alpine village of Tolzbad at the turn of the century, people talk quietly and restrain their movements lest avalanches come and kill them. This atmosphere lends itself to repressed emoti...

1990.

1 Movie
Archangel

Archangel

1990
At the height of the revolution and World War One, a group of people come together in the Russian Arctic.

1988.

1 Movie
Tales from the Gimli Hospital

Tales from the Gimli Hospital

1988
While their mother is dying in the modern Gimli, Manitoba hospital, two young children are told an important tale by their grandmother about Ainar the lonely, his friend Gunnar, and the angel in the G...

1985.

1 Movie
The Dead Father

The Dead Father

1985
The patriarch of a troubled clan dies, but the resentment and longing of the eldest son bring him back for occasional visits in an only partially living state.

1983.

1 Movie
The International Style

The International Style

1983
There is a lot of '60s spy thrillers and other classics. Nick, a super secret agent, is trying to free a top secret chip from the clutches of a multimillionaire. The jet set, the Cold War and Jean-Pau...

1982.

1 Movie
Oak, Ivy, and Other Dead Elms

Oak, Ivy, and Other Dead Elms

1982
Brock West, a journalist and rocker, and Nick, Paizs' silent hero, meet at college. Nick becomes involved in attempts to restore old campus hangout and the dirty political tricks swirling a hard fough...

Unknown Year.

2 Movies
CLIFF: A PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST

CLIFF: A PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST

A Canadian artist looks back on his life after a double lung transplant.
The Cock Crew

The Cock Crew

The scene is a small paper-manufacturing factory presided over by the shiftless Ari and his long-suffering wife Taryn. Helen is one of the employees who work at the vats. Taryn was offered a rooster b...
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