MARY HARRON (Writer/Director)
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
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.
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