Gail Harvey

Gail Harvey is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker whose dynamic energy and sensitivity inspires all her work. From portrait stills of famous stars and street people to the complex personalities she draws on film, Gail reveals a powerful, intelligent and compassionate insight into her subjects.


Gail Harvey has a 25-year history in the feature film industry with over 40 Director credits.

DIRECTOR’S BIO: Gail Harvey is an award-winning photographer and film director who has studied under Norman Jewison, Wim Wenders and Arthur Penn, and was the third woman ever hired as a staff photographer at United Press International wire service. Harvey has a 25-year history in the feature film industry with over 40 Director credits.

I was inspired by the amazing novel NEVER SAW IT COMING written by my dear friend Linwood Barclay (international best selling novelist). He and I were having dinner in Prince Edward County one night and we were discussing how to get a movie made. He has had many of his world famous novels optioned by Hollywood studios, but none of them had been produced. I asked him if he had a little novel that I could maybe shoot in Canada, and he sent me NEVER SAW IT COMING. I thought it would make a perfect film, a thrilled with many twists and turns and surprises. And a very strong female story. Linwood wrote the screenplay and we were shooting within a year.

Emily Hampshire and Eric Roberts star in film based on Linwood Barclay book

Never Saw It Coming, based on Barclay's 2011 bestseller, is now filming in Sudbury.

Canadian actress Emily Hampshire and American actor Eric Roberts head the cast of a new film based on a Linwood Barclay bestseller.

Never Saw It Coming is now shooting in Sudbury, based on Barclay’s 2011 book about a psychic who parts troubled families from their money and gets entangled with a man whose wife has gone missing and who has dark secrets.

Gail Harvey, who has directed numerous Canadian TV series as well as the documentary Rickie Lee Jones: The Other Side of Desire, is directing. Barclay, a former columnist for the Toronto Star, wrote the screenplay.

Hampshire (12 Monkeys, Schitt’s Creek) stars as psychic Keisha Ceylon. Roberts (Lost Girl, CSI, Heroes) plays Wendell Garfield, whose wife Ellie (Diane D’Aquila) has gone missing. Katie Boland, Harvey’s daughter, also co-stars as Garfield’s daughter.

The aim is for Never Saw It Coming to be finished by late summer, in time for fall film festivals.

Eric Roberts Joins Indie Thriller 'Never Saw It Coming'

The suspense thriller is directed by Gail Harvey and based on a Linwood Barclay novel.

  Eric Roberts has boarded the indie Never Saw It Coming, directed by Gail Harvey and shooting in northern Ontario.

The Dark Knight actor plays Wendell Garfield, the husband of a missing woman (Diane D'Aquila) whose disappearance is investigated by a psychic, played by Emily Hampshire (12 Monkeys).

Roberts joins an ensemble cast that also includes Katie Boland, Shaun Benson, Tamara Podemski, Nick Serino, Maria Del Mar, Jeff Clarke and newcomer Keegan Hedley.

Never Saw It Coming is based on the 2013 novel by Linwood Barclay, who also wrote the screenplay.

Marina Cordoni of MCE Inc. is producing alongside Harvey's Straight Shooters Productions. The executive producer credits are shared by Barclay, Jay Firestone, Steven Pasternak and Michael Forsey.

Prodigy Pictures holds worldwide rights to Never Saw It Coming, excluding Canada.

"Looking is the Original Sin" Trailer

Looking is the Original Sin

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A daughter's journey to find her mother leads her on a twisted, haunted and beautiful search, ending in the most poignant discovery of all; herself.
Director: Gail HARVEY

Produced by: Katie BOLAND, Maria DEL MAR, Gail HARVEY
Scriptwriter: Gail HARVEY
Key cast: Katie BOLAND, Maria DEL MAR, Linda HAMILTON

Distributed by Breakthrough Entertainment. For more information contact

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Next Projection: Made In Canada Review: Looking Is The Original Sin

Made In Canada Review: Looking Is The Original Sin

Cast: Katie Boland, Maria del Mar, Jayne Eastwood
Director: Gail Harvey
Country: Canada
Genre: Drama

Editor’s Notes: Looking Is The Original Sin will have its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival on August 23th with an additional screening on August 24th.

Greatness can be a gift as well as a curse. To be truly great, one must invest oneself fully in their work, must give up a large part of their soul for what they do. Selfishness is a negative trait, but in many ways it is an inherent aspect of greatness. The annals of cinema are full to the brim of “great man” stories that focus on the triumphs and downplay the collateral damage left in the wake of titanic achievements. Looking Is The Original Sin is a rare gem then, distinct in two ways: This is a story of a “great woman” and one focused intently, almost exclusively on the damage that strive for excellence can cause. Based heavily on the life of Diane Arbus, the film follows Helene (Maria Del Mar), a photographer dealing with depression and instability, and her tumultuous relationship with her daughter Anna (Katie Boland, Gail Harvey’s real-life daughter), who also finds herself adrift. The two ruin each other even as they strive to save each other, and the film is smart about the compromises they make and the validity of their choices.

This is a story of a “great woman” and one focused intently, almost exclusively on the damage that strive for excellence can cause.

Canadian spotlight: Katie Boland interview: 'Long Story, Short' Aug. 19 on KoldCast TV

Katie Boland's provocative new series "Long Story, Short" premieres August 19 on KoldCast TV.
Long Story, Short (11 x five minutes), an edgy, provocative and honest new web series created and written by acclaimed actor Katie Boland (The Master; Reign), will launch exclusively on KoldCast TV in the United States and Canada on Monday, August 19, with the first episode now available.

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Trailer: Looking is the Original Sin Gets Montreal World Premiere

(August 13, 2013 - Toronto, Ontario)

Toronto-based photographer, director and screenwriter Gail Harvey will see her latest film Looking is the Original Sin, get a world premiere at the 2013 Montreal World Film Festival. Like many Canadians in the film biz, Harvey is a fully hyphenated filmmaker but one of her greatest accomplishments is that of mother. She has cast daughter Katie Boland before and this time the young actress joins a mainly Canadian cast for a feature based on the life of tragic “freak” photographer Diane Arbus.


2012, Colour & B/W, Canada, Focus on World Cinema (full length movies)

Director : Gail Harvey Screenwriter : Gail Harvey
Cinematographer : Peter Benison, Colin Hoult, Josh Fraiman, Gail Harvey
Editor : John Nicholls Cast : Maria Del Mar, Katie Boland, Kent Staines, Jayne Eastwood, Dewshane Williams
Music : Dillon Baldassero
Film production and Sales : Gail Harvey, Katie Boland, Maria Del Mar, 2325639 Ontario Inc., 57 Beech Ave., Toronto, Ontario, M4E 3H3 (Canada) Ventes/Sales: Breakthrough Entertainment Inc., 122 Sherbourne St., Toronto, Ontario, M5A 2R4, (Canada)

Anna, 19, struggles to understand her artist mother, Helene. Anna and her mother are intensely close, but Helene is often depressed; the only thing she seems to live for is her art. Helene’s obsession with her photography drove Anna’s father away, and has taken Helene away from Anna since the day she was born. But photography is addictive to Helene and one morning Anna wakes up to find that her mother has moved out. Anna searches through Helene’s photos and negatives and eventually locates her living in an artists' co-op. The search leads Anna to some other discoveries, not least among them herself.


Current Projects

"Looking is the Original Sin" Feature Film

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"Long Story, Short" Web Series

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