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Mary Harron

Mary Harron made her debut as a feature-film writer/director in 1996 with I SHOT ANDY WARHOL. The film received wide critical acclaim, won star Lili Taylor a Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival, and garnered an Independent Spirit Award nomination for best feature film. It was also chosen to open the Un Certain Regard section of the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.

Harron began her filmmaking career creating documentaries for British television. She directed many short films for the BBC 2 art series THE LATE SHOW, and co-produced a four-part series about American elections entitled Campaign! For the BBC / PBS co-production Edge she made six short films about popular culture including HOW TO MAKE AN OLIVER STONE MOVIE. She also made several documentary films for Channel Four, including WINDS OF CHANGE, an hour-long film about South Africa in the 1950s.

Before working in film, Harron was a rock journalist. She helped start Punk, the first punk magazine, and was the first writer from an American publication to interview the Sex Pistols when they were a hot new London group. Harron wrote a history of the Velvet Underground for New Musical Express magazine as well as a history of Andy Warhol and the Factory for the music publication Melody Maker. She was music critic for The Guardian, a theatre critic for The Observer, and a television and rock critic for The New Statesman, and she collaborated with Elizabeth Lecompte of the Wooster Group on a screenplay about artist Jackson Pollack.

A native of Canada and graduate of Oxford University, Harron is the daughter of Don Harron, the much-loved Canadian actor and comedian. She is married to filmmaker John C. Walsh who directed ED'S NEXT MOVE, which debuted at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. The couple has a three-year-old daughter, Ruby.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

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Selected Filmography

Roberta's Funeral
American Psycho
Animal Farm
The Rainbow of Her Reasons
The Notorious Bettie Page
The Moth Diaries
Anna Nicole
The L Word: Season 1
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