Canadian Film Pioneer NELL SHIPMAN;

SHIPMAN, NELL (Helen Foster Barham) (Victoria, B.C., 25 Oct. 1892-Los Angeles, USA 23 Jan. 1970)

Canadian-born pioneer director, writer, producer and actress, one of the first women anywhere to direct her own films (in 1914) and establish her own production company (1920) specializing in outdoor adventure films. She began her acting career at age fourteen, wrote her first scripts in 1912, and made her only Canadian film, Back to God's Country, in 1919.

REF: Classic Film Collector, 25 (Fall 1960), 30; Filmograph, 1, No. 1 (1970), 2-3; Filmograph, 4, No. 2 (1974), 18; The World of Yesterday, 6 (July 1976), 5-11; Morris, Embattled Shadows, 100-10 (includes refs); Judith Smith, "Nell Shipman: Girl Wonder from God's Country," Cinema Canada, 51 (Nov/Dec 1978), 35-38.

(Used with permission by the author; Peter Morris; "The Film Companion - A Comprehensive Guide To More Than 650 Canadian Films & Filmmakers.
ISBN 0-7725-1505-0)

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