“If we are true to ourselves, we cannot be false to anyone.”
– William Shakespeare
Shelagh Carter is a Lifetime Member of The Actors Studio as an Actress and Director, and a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Directors Lab in Toronto. As a director, Shelagh has created work for both theatre and film. Night Travellers, her third short film, was a National Screen Institute Drama Prize winner in 2007. Her award winning 35 mm short, One Night, filmed as part of the Canadian Film Centre’s Short Dramatic Film 2009 series, screened at several international film festivals. She has also won world festival recognition with her experimental narrative short films Canoe, Rifting/Blue, and Is It My Turn.
Shelagh’s first feature film called Passionflower, the story of Sarah, an 11-year-old girl, forcing her family to come to terms with her mother’s increasing mental instability, has earned film festival attention and honours. Her indie feature, Before Anything You Say, an innovative drama based on a true story, has won international nominations and awards, most recently Best Manitoba Director 2018 by the DGC. Her third feature film, Into Invisible Light, has been honoured with several awards and nominations, including most recently winning the Directors’ Choice Independent Spirit Award at the Sedona International Film Festival 2020, and Best Ladies Illuminate Feature at the LadyFilmmakers Film Festival Los Angeles, October 2020.
Shelagh’s next feature, a New York City romantic comedy titled Love, Repeat, was completed in the fall of 2019. The Woman Who Swallowed West Hawk Lake, a psychological horror, and Canadian author David Bergen’s The Time in Between, a moving mediation on love and loss, a drama, are currently in development.
Filmography: The Darkling Plain (short, 1999), Rifting/Blue (short, 2005), Night Travellers (short, 2007), One Night(short, 2009), Resolve (short, 2009), Canoe (short, 2010), Passionflower (feature, 2011), Is It My Turn (short, 2013), Before Anything You Say (feature, 2016), Into Invisible Light (feature, 2018), Love, Repeat (feature, 2020).