Writer / Director

Born in Newfoundland, Canada, William D. MacGillivray studied Fine Art at both The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and Concordia University in Montreal. He then moved to the UK to study at The London Film School, where Director Mike Leigh was an important influence. Returning to Atlantic Canada, MacGillivray created Picture Plant Ltd. and soon became a force in the development of Canada’s independent cinema of the 1980’s. His debut feature film, STATIONS is listed among the Canadian Film Centre’s Top Ten Canadian Fiction Film Debuts and TAKE ONE’s 20 Best Canadian Films Of All Time. His 1987 feature, LIFE CLASSES (which represented Canada in competition at Berlin), has since been named a ‘Masterwork of Canadian Cinema’ by Canada’s AV Trust. MacGillivray has written and directed several dramatic features, documentaries and short films as well as a critically acclaimed CBC Network television series. Over the years, MacGillivray’s work has been the subject of several retrospectives in both Canada and abroad and, along with producer/partner Terry Greenlaw, he continues to create innovative independent cinema.

In 2013, MacGillivray was awarded the prestigious Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts, awarded to six Canadian artists annually in recognition of distinguished career achievements.