Curator Paul GrossPaul Gross

Looking over this list, I realize that my taste in films is utterly indiscriminate. My love for movies casts a wide net and the films in this selection are movies that have moved me — either to tears, or thought or laughter. They are strong and smart and beautifully made and if you don't appreciate them as much as I do there might be something wrong with you. Get them, watch them, love them.

Paul Gross is one of Canada’s most popular actors, internationally known for his role as Constable Benton Fraser on the multi award-winning drama series “Due South.” He was honoured with two Gemini Awards for Best Actor, and one Gemini Award for his writing on the series. Gross also received two Gemini Awards for best performance by an actor in the critically acclaimed series “Slings & Arrows”.

In 2000, Gross wrote, directed and starred in the feature film Men with Brooms, which was the highest-grossing English-language Canadian film of the previous 20 years. He also starred in, co wrote and produced the miniseries “H2O” which aired on CBC in October 2004 as well as its sequel “The Trojan Horse”.

In 2008 Gross released his feature film Passchendaele, a movie based on the famous First World War battle heroically fought by 50,000 Canadians in the bloodied fields of Ypres, Belgium. He wrote and directed the screenplay and stars as Michael Dunne, a character based on his own Grandfather. Passchendaele was the highest grossing Canadian film of 2008 with the box office reaching over $4.5 million, and recently won five Genie Awards, including Best Picture.

Gross is currently completing Hyena Road, a feature film which he wrote and directed, based on our Canadian Forces in Afghanistan, starring himself, Rossif Sutherland and Allan Hawco.

In 2009 he received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and the Pierre Burton Award – Canada’s top history prize. Recently Gross was appointed to the Order of Canada and also received the Earle Grey Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award, from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

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