Harry Sutherland was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has been active in Canadian film since establishing his first media company, Teledmedia, in 1970.
Sutherland’s first film Truxx followed the impact of the Olympics on the gay and lesbian community in Montreal. Truxx premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1978 as a short in front of Wolfgang Petersen’s Die Konsequenz.
Sutherland’s first feature doc was shot during the infamous effort by the Toronto Police Department to close down the gay community in that city. Track Two was released at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1983 and played in theatres across Canada. Footage from Track Two is included in CBC’s new documentary, “How We Got Gay”, written, directed and produced by Marc De Guerre with co-producer John McMullan.
Sutherland’s final film in Toronto in 1995 was about standup comedy in the LGBT community, David Atkin’s We’re Funny That Way, for HBO and CityTV. With coproducer Bruce Glawson the production organized a standup comedy festival of the same name that continues to this day.
He moved to Vancouver in 1998 and produced numerous documentaries including 100% Woman, Lynton Garner, WebCam Girls and the Blue Buddha. With Carrie Green he produced Velcrow Ripper’s ScaredSacred which won a Jury Prize at TIFF and the Genie Award for best feature documentary in 2005. Harry also produced Richard Bell’s first feature drama Eighteen in 2005 that included cameos by Ian McKellen and Alan Cumming as well as co-producing Huseyin Karabey’s Gitmek: My Marlon & Brando, winner of the Best New Director Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2008.
Harry Sutherland has been a board member of the HotDocs International Film Festival, chair of DOC BC, and a board member of the Whistler Film Festival. He has also served as Director of the National Film Theatre at the Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa and worked for Inuit Tapaisat in the Arctic training local filmmakers.
Recent credits include:
• ScaredSacred, 2005, by Velcrow Ripper, a theatrical documentary which won the Special Jury Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Genie Award for best documentary and opened the Canadian Images section of the Vancouver International Film Festival.
• Eighteen, 2006, Richard Bell's first dramatic feature starring Carly Pope, Brendan Fletcher, Alan Cumming and Ian McKellen. Distributed in the US by TLA Distribution and internationally by Artistry. www.eighteenthemovie.com
• The Lost Secrets of Ancient Medicine, 2006, a feature documentary on Tibetan medicine, for NHK Japan, CBC, VisionTV and ARTE France. A Japan-Canada co-production.
• Gitmek: My Marlon & Brando, 2007, Feature film directed by Husein Karaby, Best New Feature prize at Tribeca International Film Festival,
• We're Funny That Way, 1995, feature documentary for HBO and CityTV
• Track Two, 1981, feature documentary on the crises in the gay community caused by the police raids on the bath houses. Berlin International Film Festival, released theatrically in Canada by Cineplex
• Truxx, 1978, documentary film on the gay community in Montreal after the police raids before the Montreal Olympics.
• Linton Garner: I Never Said Goodbye, 2004, for the CBC, one hour documentary.
• 100% Woman, 2005, for the Documentary Channel and the Life Network, one hour documentary.