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. She was also 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.”
With more than seventy-five roles as an actress to her name, previous 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 in which Variety said “devastating…(Boland) is everything (she) should be,” 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.” In Cardinals which premiered at TIFF ’17, The Muff Society called Boland, “Absolutely amazing,” Original Cin said, “Of the strong cast, Boland stands out,” and The Gate said, “(Boland’s) quietly simmering performance builds to one of the story’s most memorable and impressionable sequences.” 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, 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.” Boland was chosen as one of the inaugural Toronto International Film Festival’s “Rising Stars“, an initiative designed to discover the next generation of made-in-Canada international talent. She has also been nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards, one of which she won, two Leo Awards and four Young Artists Awards.
Long Story, Short a web-series Boland created and wrote based on her collection of personal essays premiered on Hulu. 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 one of five series nominated for Best Webseries at the Raindance WebFest in London, England.
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 My Eyes which won Best Short at and premiered at the 2016 Austin Film Festival, Noah Levenson’s interactive short film Weird Box which was called “the best thing on the internet” 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. 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 Out is 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.”
Boland wrote a column for The Huffington Post called “What’s Actually Happening with People My Age” as well as recent essays for SheDoesTheCity. She has a production company Straight Shooters, with her mother, Gail Harvey. She is currently in post production on a new short Twins funded by the Harold Greenberg Fund and Crave Media and a pilot ReFrame she wrote, starred in and directed for Kate Spade x Refinery29.
Boland was the youngest person chosen by Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly to be on a panel of cultural experts who helped steer a sweeping review of Canada’s cultural policies. She was awarded a bravoFact grant and directed the short film Lolz-Ita, that she wrote and starred in. Lolz-Ita had it’s North American premiere at the Austin Film Festival and was nominated for Best Narrative Short. It was also a part of TIFF’s Short Cuts: Share Her Journey, which highlights the “most exciting emerging female film makers in the world.” LolzIta also played the Whistler Film Festival where it was nominated for the EDA Short Film Award which recognizes female film makers. It was nominated for jury prizes at the Dallas International Film Festival and Cucalorus. It was also chosen as Short Of the Week, who said, “Boland portrays the title character with commendable subtlety, fleshing out the confusion of the young woman compellingly. It’s a complicated duality to inhabit… Her performance has the power to make or break the film, and Boland wows.” It was most recently chosen as a Vimeo Staff Pick.
She was also on the cover of IndieScreen magazine as one of Canada’s “most impressive young producers.”
Katie splits her time between Toronto and Los Angeles. She has two feature films to be released in the coming year and three television series she wrote and created in development and networks. She is in pre-production on her feature directorial debut We’re All In This Together that she adapted from Amy Jones’ best selling novel.
Here is her IMDB.