Subseries Fonds 2-5-0409 - Change of Heart

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Change of Heart

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Fonds 2-5-0409

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  • 1984 (Creation)
    Wheeler, Anne

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4 16mm film reels.-- 5 cm. textual material.

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(1946 -)

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Writer, Director, Filmmaker – Anne Wheeler was born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1946. She grew up in Edmonton where she enjoyed exploring the country north of the capital with her pony. As a youth she enjoyed music and drama, taking the lead in her school plays and touring with a children's theatre company during the summers. Following high school, Wheeler pursued a B.Sc. in mathematics at the University of Alberta (UofA). She completed her degree in 1967. Upon graduation Wheeler travelled Western Europe and the Middle East. On her return she enrolled in a music program with the goal of pursuing a career in music and drama as a high school music teacher. Wheeler received her music teaching certificate in 1969. She resumed travelling and returned to Edmonton in 1971 after exploring more areas of the Middle East and Africa. On her return she began a Masters in music education at the UofA. During her UofA graduate studies Wheeler began to pursue her interest in filmmaking. She joined Film West Associates, a collective of independent filmmakers sharing a passion for filmmaking, a dearth of experience, and an interest in creating films about the West. After five years and several award winning short films, the cooperative started to dissolve. By then Wheeler was prepared to completely leave music teaching to continue filmmaking. In this period she worked predominantly with the National Film Board and in 1976 she participated in the establishment of the NFB’s North West Centre in Edmonton. Wheeler produced several films in her association with the NFB. These included Great Grandmother (1975), Augusta (1976), Happily Unmarried (1977), Teach Me to Dance (1978), and A War Story (1982). A War Story proved to be a watershed in her career. The film garnered many international awards, among them the Blue Ribbon Award at the American Film Festival (1983). Beyond filmmaking Wheeler also found time to start a family. She married Garth Hendren and in 1979 had twin boys, Quincy and Morgan. In the early 1980s the National Film Board (NFB) released all directors from its staff. Although Wheeler worked as both a producer and director at the NFB, she decided to quit for the opportunity of independent filmmaking. Her first post-NFB effort was A Change of Heart (1983), a film she co-wrote with Anne Frank. Produced for the CBC, it was Wheeler’s first entirely dramatic film, a new direction for her art. Wheeler followed this film with Loyalties (1985), her most critically acclaimed work. The work won several awards including: Portugal Film Fest, Best Actress; France, Critic's Choice; Quebec, Critic's Choice. It was also her first dramatic feature film. Bye Bye Blues (1989), Wheeler’s next film, is her greatest commercial success to date. Wheeler moved to Salt Spring Island in 1990 and became more closely involved with the film and television industry in Vancouver. This was a time when Wheeler expressed difficulty finding funding to produce feature length films. Accordingly, the move to the coast initiated a string of television works, particularly for the CBC, including The Diviners (1993), The War between Us (1994), Mother Trucker, Diana Kilmury: Teamster (1996), The Sleep Room (1997), and North of 60. In 1998, Wheeler directed the first three episodes of Da Vinci's Inquest. The CBC series continues in the successful style she established. In 1993 Wheeler had her first work produced in an American context. Working with producers Eileen Berg and Harold Tichner, Wheeler directed the made for television movie Other Women's Children, for A.B.C. In cooperation with Crescent Films, the movie won a Cable Ace Award for Performance. It was later aired on Lifetime in the United States, and Superchannel/C.B.C. in Canada. In 1999 Wheeler made Better than Chocolate working with Telefilm Canada, Rave Film Inc., and the British Columbia Film Commission. It was a return to feature films and comedy. The film was a popular and critical success on an international level. She followed this with three more dramas, Marine Life (2000), Suddenly Naked (2001) and Edge of Madness (2002). The first two continued Wheelers’ exploration of traditional relationships and sexual convention, the latter returns to her interest in the women’s experience of early Prairie life. Wheeler has continued her work in both television and film. Recent television works include A Sleep Room, The Investigation (2002) and This is Wonderland. Wheeler continues to write, direct and produce films. She has also started teaching at the University of British Columbia. She currently lives in White Rock with her family. To date, she boasts six honorary doctorates and an Order of Canada in recognition of art.

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Anne Wheeler directed this one hour drama produced by the CBC. Written by Sharon Riis, the film won the following awards: 1986 New York American Film Festival Blue Ribbon Award; A.M.P.I.A., 1985, Best Script, Best Direction, Best Film Made for TV; Best Film of the Festival.

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