A director is a visual fiction writer. It’s about telling the story, and connecting with the actors to make something truer than life.
- Gail Harvey
Gail Harvey is a multi-award-winning television and film director and producer. Her background is in photography and she branched out to film after an illustrious career as a photojournalist and stills photographer. As a film director, she was mentored by Norman Jewison, Wim Wenders and Arthur Penn, and was the third woman ever hired as a staff photojournalist at United Press International wire service.
Most recently, Harvey has directed four seasons (eight episodes) of the Netflix show VIRGIN RIVER, the number one show in the world with billions of minutes viewed.
Harvey won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction TV Movie for her Lifetime film NO ONE WOULD TELL. Her feature film, the thriller NEVER SAW IT COMING starring Emily Hampshire (Schitts Creek) and Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts was recently nominated for Best World Showcase Feature Film at the Soho International Film Festival in New York, and is now screening on HBO Canada and AMAZON PRIME.
GONE MOM starring Annabeth Gish and Warren Christie, recently won Best Narrative Feature, Best Actress and Best Producer at the L.A. Independent Women Film Awards.
Harvey recently directed all ten episodes of the final season of YOU ME HER, an award-winning show available now on Crave TV in Canada, and Netflix around the world. In the past two years, she has directed five movies for Lifetime Network, including the award-winning NO ONE WOULD TELL, starring Shannen Doherty, GATES OF PARADISE based on best-selling author V.C. Andrews novel starring Jason Priestly, RUBY, nominated for 12 LEO AWARDS (winner of four), GONE MOM, and DYING TO BELONG premiering in October.
Previous credits include her documentary film about musician Rickie Lee Jones, entitled THE OTHER SIDE OF DESIRE, directed and produced by Harvey. The film premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London, England and was in consideration for a Grammy award. Harvey’s feature film LOOKING IS THE ORIGINAL SIN won Best International Feature at the New York International Film Festival, screened in London, England at the Raindance Film Festival and at the Female Eye Film Festival, where Gail was awarded the Female Eye Honourary Director, Best in the Business award for 2014. Harvey also produced and directed the very successful web series LONG STORY SHORT, which sold to Hulu and won over twenty awards, including a Canadian Screen Award for Boland as best actress in a digital series.
Harvey directed the Netflix/CBC show NORTHERN RESCUE, starring Billy Baldwin, and was nominated for a DGC award for Best Direction in a Television Drama and has directed television shows FAMILY MATTERS, PRETTY HARD CASES, PRIVATE EYES, DARK MATTER, HEARTLAND, LOST GIRL REPUBLIC OF DOYLE, MURDOCH MYSTERIES, as well as directing al the episodes of the HBO series THE LINE.
I will say there was a sensitivity that is just inherent when you have a female director and just people behind the camera who are coming at it honoring Jennifer's story.
- Annabeth Gish, lead actress: Gone Mom
Some films become an art piece, while others showcase the art it aims to spotlight. Looking is the Original Sin does both, capturing both the eye of the director and the art that fuels the characters within.
- Adnan M. Toronto Arts Guild
it was absolutely the story specifically for me, and also that it was being told consciously through a female lens with Gail as our Director.
- Annabeth Gish
LONG STORY, SHORT
Won Best Dramedy at the NYIFF
NEVER SAW IT COMING
Nominated for best feature at the Soho Film Festival in New York
Nominated for a DGC award
Shortlisted for an Emmy Nomination
WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
Consideration for Canadian Screen Awards
Gail Harvey's gorgeously crafted Never Saw It Coming is a black hearted, engaging comic gem, driven by outrageous twists.
- Ann Brodie, What She Said