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Holly Dale

Country: Canada
Born: 1953

Films directed by Holly Dale

Quotes by Holly Dale

"There's not much difference to be a good documentary filmmaker and to be a good dramatic one, you just have to be able to understand people. You have to know what buttons to push and when to push them, you have to be sensitive to the needs of the subjects or the actors."
-- Holly Dale (source)

"We [Janis Cole and I] were unconsciously making films that were trying to remove labels from people, which later became a very conscious thing for us when we started doing Prison for Women and Hookers on Davie. We started out by giving a voice to our friends who weren't ashamed of who they were or what they did, such as being a prostitute, or being gay."
-- Holly Dale (source)

Quotes about Holly Dale

"While [Janis] Cole and [Holly] Dale have recently described themselves as feminist, and while their work often deals with women, it by no means limits itself to gender issues, women's lives, or feminist themes. Casting a wide net predominantly outside the middle-class mainstream, their body of work is marked most urgently by its attention to marginalized registers of society and predominantly to resisters of social injustice."
-- Kay Armatage (source)

"Janis Cole and Holly Dale have explored the margins of society in jointly-made documentaries about body-rub parlours, transvestites, prostitutes, and prison inmates. Their films, often empirical in style, present their subjects without moral judgement or analytical commentary; however, by including details that suggest parallels with the routines and norms of non-deviant behaviour and feelings, they display a passionate humanism."
-- David Clandfield (source)

"Janis Cole and Holly Dale are only twenty-three years old but already they have four short films behind them. [...] They have ambition, energy, and a restless urge to describe the world the way they believe it should be described. Their subjects are whores, transvestites, and criminally insane young men, and their films are gripping because Holly and Janis are committed not only to their own remarkable young careers but to the lives of their subjects."
-- Robert Fulford (source)

For QUOTES about a specific film by Holly Dale, please see:   Thin Line    P4W: Prison for Women    Hookers on Davie    Calling the Shots    Blood & Donuts   

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Section 3: Publications about the Films of Holly Dale

Thin Line (1977)

Newspaper or Magazine Articles

P4W: Prison for Women (1981)  (also known as: "Prison for Women")

Newspaper or Magazine Articles

Hookers on Davie (1984)  (also known as: "Davie Street")

Newspaper or Magazine Articles

Calling the Shots (1988)  (also known as: "Women in Cinema")

Newspaper or Magazine Articles

Blood & Donuts (1995)  (also known as: "Blood and Donuts")

Book Chapters

Newspaper or Magazine Articles

Archival Collections

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