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John Greyson

Living in: Toronto, Ontario
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John Greyson was born in Nelson BC, grew up in London Ontario and is currently isolating in Toronto. Greyson is an associate professor in film production at York University and the recipient of the 2000 Toronto Arts Award for film/video and the 2007 Bell Award in Video Art. His The Making of Monsters is on the Essential Works in Canadian Cinema list as one of the top 10 Canadian short films of all time. Greyson’s features include Fig Trees, Proteus, Zero Patience, and Urinal. Lilies was nominated for 14 Canadian Screen Awards and won four including Best Motion Picture.


– where were you born, where did you grow up, where do you live now?

Nelson BC, London Ont, Toronto

– first film you made, and where and when?

My family, 1976 (video)

– latest film you made, and where and when?

Douglas Ran All Summer, (3 min, 2020, Toronto)

– describe your current living space

Funky Victorian

– what Canadian would you challenge to make an isolation movie?

Jackie Shane

– In the history of cinema who’s isolation move would you want to see?

Derek Jarman

– worst think about being in isolation?

More Trump.

– best thing about being in isolation?

More Randy Rainbow.

– favourite book to read in isolation?

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, Ocean Vuong

– favourite music to listen to in isolation?


– favourite movies to watch in isolation?

the entire Images Festival

– favourite meal in isolation?


– what’s the last best thing you cooked?