Katie Boland, chosen by Elle Canada as one of the three Canadians to watch, is an actress, writer, director and producer.
Boland was named one of the Birks Diamond Women In Film Award which recognizes women who are leaders in the Canadian film Industry. In 2016, she was the youngest person chosen by Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly to be on a panel of cultural experts who are helping to steer a sweeping review of Canada’s cultural policies. She was also awarded a bravoFact grant to direct the short film Lolz-Ita, that she wrote and will star in.
Boland was picked as one of Playback’s 10 To Watch, with the leading industry magazine saying, “Katie Boland has already emerged as a successful and multi-dimensional talent.With acting credits piling up and her digital projects getting deals, Boland is poised for success, whatever the medium.”
The Toronto Film Scene conducted it’s first Annual Readers Poll and Boland was voted Best Emerging Actress. The publication said, “The multi-talented Katie Boland is truly a film treasure. She writes wonderful, honest scripts, directs fearlessly, and she brings a depth to every role that is, quite frankly, astonishing…. If there is any one single actress to watch over the next few years, it’s her. She’s going to change the face of Canadian film, and it seems she’s going to do it very quickly.”
Boland was chosen as one of the inaugural Toronto International Film Festival’s “Rising Stars“, a new initiative designed to discover the next generation of made-in-Canada international talent. The programme showcased Katie as one of four actors who have proven themselves ready to expand their film careers beyond Canada to the world.
According to the Rising Star’s jury, “Katie Boland has raw potential coupled with a determination and pure acting talent that will awe us and give her longevity as one of our brightest Rising Stars.” She has also been nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards, two Leo Awards and four Young Artists Awards.
Boland starred in Bruce La Bruce’s feature film, Gerontophilia that made it’s world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and then screened at The Toronto International Film Festival. Indiewire called Boland “the exact mid-point between Emma Stone and Carey Mulligan”, PopMatters said, “Boland totally aces her role as the endearing hipster girlfriend who’s forever quoting her cultural idols”, The MindReels said, “that girl (Boland) is positively hypnotic every moment she spends on screen”, Screendaily called her “vivacious… a breath of fresh air when she is on screen, offering a quirky sense of fun and left field humour.”
Long Story, Short a web-series Boland created and wrote based on her collection of personal essays premiered on Hulu in 2014. For her work in the series, Boland won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance in a Digital Series. It was recently re-released on VerveGirl’s Youtube channel and garnered hundreds of thousands of hits.
SheKnows called Long Story, Short “The best new thing on the internet…a funnier, more relatable answer to HBO’s Girls.” SheDoesTheCity said, “You want proof that Long Story, Short is worth the hype? How about the fact that I just watched both available episodes back-to-back and am already craving the release of the next one? Boom, addicted.” TvGuide called it “Girls meets Toronto…one of the most entertaining and raw web series of this current summer.” Critic Rob Salem said, “Of all her current accomplishments, I think that the new web series is perhaps the most significant. Very much like Dunham’s Girls, Katie’s Long Story, Short revolves around the shared career angst and disastrous love lives of young 20-something girlfriends finding their way in an adult world.”
Long Story, Short was funded by the Independent Production Fund and was bought by Shaftesbury Films for distribution. It was one of five series nominated for Best Webseries at the Raindance WebFest in London,England.
Past credits as an actress include Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, CW’s Reign as fan favourite Clarissa, Atom Egoyan’s Adoration, HBO Canada’s Terminal City, Daydream Nation, The Fall, Born to be Blue alongside Ethan Hawke and Looking is the Original Sin for which NextProjection said, “In a remarkable performance, Boland is sympathetic but also allows herself to be self-destructive, impulsive and flawed.” In People Hold On, reviews remarked that “(Boland) delivers a strong, complicated character who stands out amidst a compelling crew.” For her work in the feature film Ferocious The National Post said, “The film is grounded in remarkable performances… Boland offers comic relief as the fan in over her head.”
Credits as a producer include the short film Boxing which premiered at TIFF ’15 and was a Sundance Short Film Select, Megan Park’s directorial debut Lucy in Her Eyes that will premiere at the 2016 Austin Film Festival, and the documentary Rickie Lee Jones: The Other Side of Desire, which premiered to rave reviews at the Raindance Film Festival in London, England.
Also an author, Boland’s collection of short stories, Eat Your Heart Out was released across Canada by publishers Brindle & Glass, who publish only one collection of short stories annually. Her stories are about the haunted and heartbroken, dreamers, losers and love lost souls. It was chosen by the Globe and Mail as one of three hot summer reads with the review reading as follows:
“Actress-turned-writer Katie Boland is a notable new voice in Canadian fiction. Eat Your Heart Outis a vibrant collection, populated by well-drawn characters who are broken but bursting with life. Largely, it’s a book of chance encounters and reunions that tackles the ways people need, help and hurt each other, intentionally and unintentionally. Reminiscent of Hemingway’s sharp minimalism, paired with Kerouac’s verve, Eat Your Heart Out tackles being alive in the here and now, with sterling writing and stellar voices. Boland is a bold new old-soul in CanLit.”
The Mind Reels said of Eat Your Heart Out:
“Boland has created a cast of characters to populate her stories that feel as if they’ve been lifted from every part of my life. People who we all know, flawed, pained and human. She has done so with a wisdom, awareness and life experience that seems to far exceed her young age. Writing with assuredness and a deft hand, she paints pictures of love, sex and death that we can all relate to and perhaps experienced in the same way.
I found each and every one of the stories completely involving, and they never overstayed their welcome, each one was just the right length, taking you in, introducing you to the characters, and letting you share in their lives for a brief time. And, honestly, there wasn’t a single moment when I thought that these characters were anything other than real people, the stories and the writing are that convincing.”
Boland is currently working on her debut novel, Parts Unknown, which she hopes to complete before the end of 2015.
Boland writes a column for The Huffington Post called “What’s Actually Happening with People My Age”. She has a production company Straight Shooters, with her mother, Gail Harvey. They have four optioned properties in development for television, all created by Boland. She also joined Dorsal Films. She is currently filming a new web series, We’re Adults Now, that she co-created with Megan Park. She splits her time between Toronto, Los Angeles and New York.
Here is her IMDB.