Ashley McKenzie (born 1984) is a Canadian director, screenwriter, and editor. She is known for her feature film directorial debut Werewolf (2016), which won numerous accolades, including the $100,000 Toronto Film Critics Association prize for best Canadian film of the year.
|Born||1984 (age 33–34)|
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, editor|
McKenzie began her career making short films in 2010. Her first short film, Rhonda's Party (2010), won the CBC's Short Film Face-Off. Her second short film, When You Sleep (2012), won the award for Best Atlantic Emerging Director at the 2012 Atlantic Film Festival, and screened at the Cannes Film Festival in Telefilm Canada's short film showcase. Her third short film, Stray, was released in 2013 and her fourth film, 4 Quarters (2015), won Best Atlantic Short at the 2015 Atlantic Film Festival.
McKenzie made her feature film directorial debut with Werewolf (2016), a film about two drug addicts in Cape Breton. Werewolf premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has since won several awards; at the 2016 Atlantic Film Festival, Werewolf won the awards for Best Director (McKenzie), Best Actress (MacNeil), and Best Actor (Gillis). At the 5th Canadian Screen Awards, McKenzie was nominated for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Achievement in Editing. Gillis was nominated for Best Actor and MacNeil was nominated for Best Actress. In 2016, for her work on the film, McKenzie won the Stella Artois Jay Scott Prize. The following year, after its theatrical release, Werewolf won the $100,000 Toronto Film Critics Association prize for best Canadian film of the year.
Joe Leydon of Variety described McKenzie's directing style as having "borderline Bressonian austerity." In an article called "A Generational Shift in Filmmaking", in discussing Werewolf, Richard Brody of The New Yorker wrote that "McKenzie fuses a documentary-like observational precision with a creative imagination that endows her characters’ struggles with a quietly monumental grandeur."
|2016||Atlantic Film Festival||Best Director||Werewolf||Won|
|2017||Vancouver Film Critics Circle||Best Director of a Canadian Film||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay for a Canadian Film||Nominated|
|Canadian Screen Awards||Best Achievement in Editing||Nominated|
|Toronto Film Critics Association||Best Canadian Film||Won|