John Greyson Biography (1960-)

Born March 1960, in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada; son of Richard I. and Dorothy F. (maiden name, Auterson) Greyson. Avocational interests: Painting, writing fiction. Career: Director, producer, editor, and screenwriter. V/Tape Distribution, board member; taught at numerous workshops; independent curator; freelance designer. Member: Trinity Square Video, LIFT, Writers Guild of Canada, Charles Street Video, AIVF. Awards, Honors:Honorable Mention, Toronto Film Festival, best Canadian feature, Sudbury Film Festival Award, best Canadian film, 1993, both for Zero Patience; Jack Bubuscio/Gay Times Award, 1994, for contribution to gay cinema; Montreal World Film Festival Award, people's choice--best Canadian film, Locarno Film Festival Award, best young director, Golden Leopard Award nomination, LocarnoInternational Film Festival, Genie Award, best film, 1996, Audience Award, San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, best feature, Grand Jury Award, outstanding narrative feature, L.A. Outfest, 1997, all for Lilies; five Canadian Council grants; five Ontario Arts Council grants; one Gay Community Appeal grant; two External Affairs grants. Addresses:Contact: 29 McCaul Ave., Toronto M5T 1V7 Canada.

director, producer, editor, screenwriter
Birth Details
March, 1960
Nelson, British Columbia, Canada

Famous Works

  • Film Director, Except Where Indicated
  • The First Draft, 1980
  • Breathing Through Opposing Nostrils, 1982
  • Disrupting Diplomacy, 1983
  • Manzana Por Manzana, 1983
  • The Perils of Pedagogy, 1984
  • Changing the Current, 1984
  • Kipling Meets the Cowboy, 1985
  • To Pick is not to Choose, 1985
  • The Jungle Boy, 1985
  • Moscow Does Not Believe in Queers, 1986
  • You Taste American, 1986
  • The ADS Epidemic [Acquired Dread of Sex], 1987
  • A Moffie Called Simon, 1987
  • And producer, video editor and video cinematographer, Pissoir (also known as Urinal), 1988
  • Angry Initiatives, Defiant Strategies, 1988
  • The Pink Pimpernel, 1989
  • The World is Sick [sic], 1989
  • No Way Charlie Brown, 1990
  • Letter to Ray Navarro, 1992
  • Zero Patience, Cinevista, 1993
  • After the Bath, 1995
  • Lilies, Turbulent Arts, 1996
  • And producer, Uncut, 1997
  • The Making of Monsters, 1998
  • Televison Work
  • ITVS commissioning team, Positive: Life with HIV (special), PBS, 1996
  • Director, Welcome to Paradox (episodic), Sci-Fi Channel, 1998
  • Screenplays
  • Pissoir (also known as Urinal), 1988
  • Zero Patience, Cinevista, 1993
  • Uncut, 1997
  • The Making of Monsters, 1998
  • Television Specials
  • Positive: Life with HIV, PBS, 1996
  • Nonfiction
  • Co-editor, Queer Looks: Perspectives on Lesbian and Gay Film and Video, 1993
  • Also wrote Urinal and Other Stories; contributed over 50 articlesin various periodicals

Further Reference


    • The Advocate, September 16, 1997, p. 71.
    • Maclean's, December 9, 1996, p. 54.*

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