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Alison McAlpine (Canada)

Alison’s career began as a published poet. Discovering theatre in Ireland, she founded a performance company and wrote and directed music-theatre works such as Chilcotin Sky and Still Moon on Fire which toured Canada and Europe. Encouraged towards cinema by her ensemble, the success of her commission to write a TVOpera, Daniel Molstrom, inspired Alison to make her first film, Second Sight (2008), an award winning mid-length film which screened at more than 35 international film festivals. Her second BBC commission (BBC Wonderland, 2009), a version of Second Sight was “Pick of the Day” or “Critics Choice” in every major UK newspaper. Cielo, Alison’s award-winning first feature, has been presented at over 150 international film festivals and cinemas and named as “One of the best documentaries of 2018” by Esquire and The Guardian.

Blending and blurring the boundaries between documentary and fiction, Alison’s films are immersive, sensorial and cinematic with a strong emphasis on character and landscape. Dr. Procter, Alison’s feature-length fiction-doc in development, is based on the double life of her grandfather, a brilliant doctor addicted to morphine. The film follows an archivist as she unearths family secrets and encounters unforgettable characters including doctors in recovery today.


  • Cielo
  • Second Sight
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