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"A one woman media arts convergence. One of those truly original people our culture spits out every generation or so."



Sook-Yin Lee is a Canadian filmmaker, musician, actor, multimedia artist and award-winning radio and TV broadcaster (CBC Radio & TV, BBC, MuchMusic).


After starring in John Cameron Mitchell’s groundbreaking LGBTQ movie Shortbus, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival, Lee made her feature film writer and directorial debut at TIFF with Year of the Carnivore, starring Cristin Milioti.


In 2014, Sook-Yin won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by a Lead Dramatic Actress for her role as Olivia Chow in Jack, and went on to write and star in Unsafe at Canadian Stage, which examined questions of censorship and artistic freedom. Her work has been presented by Ottawa Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Festival of New Dance.

Octavio is Dead! – a supernatural ghost story written and directed by Lee – starring Sarah Gadon and Rosanna Arquette – won her Best Director and Best Picture at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival in 2018. Her latest feature, lockdown movie Death and Sickness made with Dylan Gamble premiered on CBC Gem. 

Sook-Yin is a film score composer and solo recording artist. Her bands include first project Bob's Your Uncle, jooj, co-led with Adam Litovitz, and most recently, Lee & Gamble Unlimited.

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