Gudrun Bjerring Parker (partial data)
Also known as: Gudrun Bjerring,
Films directed by Gudrun Bjerring Parker
Quotes by Gudrun Bjerring Parker
"[At the National Film Board of Canada during World War II] I think the general impression was we were very wild, we wore slacks, the women wore slacks, and our hours were questionable, until two in the morning and so on."
-- Gudrun Bjerring Parker
"I was working on films during that period [the 1940s and 1950s] and I was totally unaware of how we [women] were being represented. The most significant change that I see in the more recent films in the series ['Cinemama', Montreal, April 1984] is that women making films are now beginning to question that assumption."
-- Gudrun Bjerring Parker
Quotes about Gudrun Bjerring Parker
"If adults are co-operative, children are uniformly delightful to work with. Gudrun Bjerring thinks so, at any rate -- and she should know, having specialized in films for and about children for some time. Gudrun isn't terribly old herself, and she refuses to say she's a producer, really. She's just a junior. However, her name heads the list of the NFB Educational unit, and she has many films to her credit. [...] Gudrun uses her old name Bjerring on her films, though she's married to Morton Parker, also of the Film Board. They say it's a good thing if a film maker marries another addict, because it's so absorbing that your spouse is bound to be subjected to a lot of shop talk, and if he or she isn't interested, it could be difficult. Unlike the Cherrys [Evelyn Spice Cherry and Lawrence Cherry], the Parkers don't work in the same unit, though Morton wrote the commentary for Listen To The Prairies. When you meet Gudrun Bjerring, you can understand her success with children -- and adults too. She is so completely poised that you can't imagine her being upset by any of the things that could, and usually do, go wrong in making films. She is also so serenely pretty that you might think she was the other kind of film star, the kind in front of the camera."
-- Elspeth Chisholm
"Gudrun Bjerring Parker directed educational films, sometimes with all-women crews, using Judith Crawley on camera and Sally MacDonald on sound; she became head of the [National Film Board of Canada] educational unit."
-- Barbara Halpern Martineau
"Gudrun [Bjerring] started off as a cutter, but soon revealed so original a talent for dealing with children and young people that she became a director of such films. She was a very quiet, extremely persistent worker with an outwardly sweet and accommodating approach which masked a truly tremendous tenacity."
-- Graham McInnes
"Once, Barbara [Rowe Gordon] recalls, she worked with an entirely female crew. Gudrun Parker was director, Margaret Perry was camerawoman and Barb was manager. They were filming the Library School on the top floor of the Ontario College of Education in Toronto. There were no elevators and they had to carry all kinds of heavy equipment up three flights of stairs. Struggling under 2 and 5 kilowatt lights, and lugging cameras around, wasn't exactly a tea party but the female crew emerged with a successful take and none the worse for their exercise."
-- Betsy Mosbaugh
"Gudrun Bjerring, a pioneering woman director and one of the first in Canada, joined the [National Film Board] in the early 1940s and became head of the educational unit. Her films were often lyrical documentaries that reflected her interest in music, culture, and young children."
-- Wyndham Wise
For QUOTES about a specific film by Gudrun Bjerring Parker, please see: Vitamins A, B1, C and D
Before They Are Six
Listen to the Prairies
Notes about Gudrun Bjerring Parker
- Director, editor, screenwriter, and producer.
- Born in Winnipeg.
- Obtained a B.A. from the University of Manitoba in 1940.
- Before becoming a filmmaker, was a reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press from 1940 to 1942.
Section 1: Publications by Gudrun Bjerring Parker
- Parker, Gudrun. "A comment on Canadian films." Canadian Art, vol. 8, no. 1, Autumn 1950.
Section 2: Publications about Gudrun Bjerring Parker
Brief Sections of Books
- McInnes, Graham. One Man's Documentary: A Memoir of the Early Years of the National Film Board. Edited by Gene Walz. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2004. (pp. 152-155)
- Waugh, Thomas. The Romance of Transgression in Canada: Queering Sexualities, Nations, Cinemas. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006. (pp. 35-36)
Newspaper or Magazine Articles
- Chisholm, Elspeth. "They make movies." Chatelaine, April 1946.
- Robertson, Joanne. "Une histoire du cinéma : 61 portraits vivants; Gudrun Bjerring Parker : La pionnière tranquille [video]." Office national du film du Canada / National Film Board of Canada. http://61portraitsvivants.onf.ca/. [in French]
- Robertson, Joanne. "Making Movie History: A Portrait in 61 Parts; Gudrun Bjerring Parker: The Quiet Trailblazer [video]." National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada. http://makingmoviehistory.nfb.ca/.
Section 3: Publications about the Films of Gudrun Bjerring Parker
Brief Sections of Dissertations
- Nash, Mary Teresa. "Images of women in National Film Board of Canada Films During World War II and the Post-War Years (1939-1949)." PhD diss., McGill University, 1983. (pp. 557-565)
(1952) (also known as:
"La classe d'opéra")
Newspaper or Magazine Articles
- Whittaker, Herbert. "Show business." Review of Opera School. Globe and Mail, November 22, 1951.
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