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Guy Borremans

Guy Borremansb. July 11, 1934, Belgium


Guy Borremans emigrated from Belgium to Montreal in the mid-fifties and established himself as one of the best cinematographers in Quebec. A significant contributor to the development of direct cinema in the NFB=s French Unit in the early sixties, he continued to play a key role in the Quebec social documentary in the seventies and eighties.       

After working as a photographer in Belgium, Borremans found work in Montreal as a press photographer and had his first solo photography exhibit in 1956. He became involved in the group of automatistes led by Paul-mile Borduas and decided to use photography as a creative weapon. He directed the remarkable experimental film La Femme-image (1960), the first independent drama made in Quebec, then joined the NFB in 1961 and within two years had shot or directed eighteen films.

He moved to Paris in 1963 to work in French television and to New York City in 1965 to work for the United Nations Film Department, National Educational Television (NET), as well as Movietone and private-sector production companies. He moved back to Montreal in 1968, and worked in still photography in both Canada and Europe until 1971. He also taught film and photography at the University of Montreal, Moncton University and Concordia University. He returned to cinematography on Arthur Lamothe=s Le Mpris naura quun temps (1970) and Gilles Groulx=s 24 heures ou plus... (1977), and thereafter shot many notable social documentaries B particularly Lamothe=s films on the Montagnais Indians B some fiction films and documentary dramas.

Borremans has contributed to more than forty productions and has held thirty-three solo exhibitions of his photography. Especially memorable examples of his work include: Groulx=s Golden Gloves (1961) and Un jeu si simple (1964), Clment Perron=s Jour aprs jour (1962), Hubert Aquin=s Saint-Henri le cinq septembre (1962), Lamothe=s Bcherons de la Manouane (1962) Gilles Carle=s Dimanche d=Amrique (1961) and Perc on the Rocks (1964), and Don Owen=s Toronto Jazz (1964).

By Peter Morris

Film and video work includes

La Femme, loiseleur et la maison, 1956 (director)

La Femme-image, 1960 (director; writer; editor; producer)

Dimanche dAmrique, 1961 (cinematographer)

Golden Gloves, 1961 (co-cinematographer with Michel Brault, Bernard Gosselin, Claude Jutra)

Manger, 1961 (cinematographer)

36,000 brasses, 1962 (co-cinematographer with Bernard Gosselin, Michel Brault)

Saint-Henri le cinq septembre, 1962 (co-cinematographer with Arthur Lipsett, Claude Jutra, Michel Brault, et al.)

Bcherons de la Manouane, 1962 (co-cinematographer with Bernard Gosselin)

Jour aprs jour, 1962 (cinematographer)

Patinoire, 1962 (co-cinematographer with Georges Dufaux)

Runner, 1962 (co-cinematographer with John Spotton)

lheure de la dcolonisation, 1963 (cinematographer)

Ballerina, 1963 (cinematographer)

De Montral Manicouagan, 1963 (co-cinematographer with Jean-Claude Labrecque)

La France revisite, Ceux qui parlent franais series, 1963 (co-cinematographer with Georges Dufaux, Michel Brault)

Pipers and A, 1963 (co-cinematographer with Wolf Koenig, Roger Moride, Edward McConnell, et al.)

La Beaut mme, 1964 (cinematographer)

Fabienne san son Jules, 1964 (cinematographer)

LHomme vite, 1964 (director; editor; cinematographer)

The Inner Man, 1964 (co-cinematographer with Paul Leach)

Un Jeu si simple, 1964 (co-cinematographer with Jean-Claude Labrecque)

Perc on the Rocks, 1964 (cinematographer)

Toronto Jazz, 1964 (cinematographer)

Every Seventh Child, 1966 (cinematographer)

Justice and the Poor, 1967 (cinematographer)

What Harvest for the Reaper?, 1967 (cinematographer)

Un Homme et son boss, 1970 (co-director with Arthur Lamothe)

Le Mpris naura quun temps, 1970 (cinematographer)

Jobs Garden, 1974 (co-cinematographer with Gilbert Herodier)

Ntesi Nana Shepen 1 / On disait que ctait notre terre 1, Carcajou et le pril blanc series, 1975 (co-cinematographer with Roger Moride, Pierre Mignot)

Ntesi Nana Shepen 2 / On disait que ctait notre terre 2, Carcajou et le pril blanc series, 1976 (co-cinematographer with Roger Moride)

24 heures ou plus, 1977 (co-cinematographer with Serge Gigure)

Kouchibouguac, 1977 (director)

Cest dangereux ici, 1978 (cinematographer)

Montage de la tente, 1978 (cinematographer)

Matan a mi Maungo! / Ils tuent mon Maungo, 1979 (cinematographer)

Portage, 1979 (cinematographer)

Pukuanipanan: campement dhiver o est tendu le filet, Innu asi: la terre de lhomme series, 1979 (co-cinematographer with Jrme Dal Santo, Raymond Marcoux, Pierre Delanauze)

Sarax Six, 1979 (cinematographer)

Confrence sur le Chili, 1980 (cinematographer)

Ninan nitassinan: notre terre, Innu asi: la terre de lhomme series, 1980 (co-cinematographer with Roger Moride, Serge Gigure)

The Shoe, 1980 (cinematographer)

Bill Lee: A Profile of a Pitcher, 1981 (co-cinematographer with Martin Duckworth, Serge Gigure)

Journal inachev, 1982 (cinematographer)

Mmoire Battante, Part I, 1983 (co-cinematographer with Jrme Dal Santo, Daniel Fournier, Serge Beauchemin, et al.)

Mmoire Battante, Part III, 1983 (co-cinematographer with Roger Moride, Jean-Pierre Lachapelle, Serge Gigure)

A Day in the Life of Canada, 1985 (co-cinematographer with Sandy Smolan, Peter Raymont, Franois Brault, et al.)

River People, 1986 (co-cinematographer with Monique Crouillre)

Mai en dcembre (Godard en Abitibi), 2000 (cinematographer)

L'Oeuvre de Gilles Groulx - Coffret 1 - Cassette 4 - Voir Gilles Groulx Part 1 and 2, 2002 (appears as himself)

Note: Updated to June 30, 2005



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