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André Lamy

André Lamyb. July 19, 1932, Montreal, Quebec


André Lamy parlayed his affable, low-key, low-profile style into a successful career as a producer and an even more successful one as an administrator for several of the country’s key cultural institutions.

After completing his studies at the University of Montreal and McGill University, he began his media career with the Upjohn Company, where he worked from 1957 to 1962. From 1962 to 1964 he worked as a producer and director of sales with Niagara Films in Montreal, where he produced many commercials and industrial films. In 1964, he co-founded Onyx films and served as vice-president and production manager. He enjoyed a minor hit with the soft-core, “maple syrup porno” film Deux femmes en or (1970), which grossed $2.5 million at the box office.

Lamy left Onyx in 1970 to work as assistant film commissioner to Sydney Newman at the National Film Board, and was appointed Government Film Commissioner and head of the NFB in 1975. He accepted a position as vice-president responsible for research and development at Radio-Canada in 1979 and in August 1980 was appointed executive director of the Canadian Film Development Corporation (now Telefilm Canada), where he served until 1985. Lamy was responsible for a major re-appraisal of funding policies, including the creation of Telefilm’s Broadcast Fund.

After stepping down from Telefilm, he returned to producing and started Galafilm Inc., which specializes in documentary films. In 1993, Lamy won a Gemini Award for the World War II documentary series The Valour and the Horror (1992).

By Andrew McIntosh

Film and video work includes

Le Viol d’une jeune fille douce, 1968 (producer)
Deux femmes en or, 1970 (producer)
Death by Moonlight: Bomber Command, 1991 (co-producer with Adam Symansky, Arnie Gelbart, Darce Fardy)
Savage Christmas: Hong Kong 1941, 1991 (co-producer with Adam Symansky, Arnie Gelbart, Darce Fardy)
In Desperate Battle: Normandy 1944 (co-producer with Adam Symansky, Arnie Gelbart, Darce Fardy)
The Valour and the Horror series, 1992 (producer; TV)

Note: Update to June 30, 2005


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