Francis Mankiewicz

Francis Mankiewicz
Born (1944-03-15)March 15, 1944
Died August 14, 1993(1993-08-14) (aged 49)
Occupation Film director
Film producer
Years active 19721991

Francis Mankiewicz (March 15, 1944 in Shanghai, China – August 14, 1993 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) was a Canadian film director, screenwriter and producer. In 1945, his family moved to Montreal, where Francis spent all his childhood. His father was a second cousin to the famous Hollywood brothers, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Herman J. Mankiewicz.[1][2]


Francis Mankiewicz studied geology at McGill University and University of Montreal, and in 1966, travelled to London, England, to study filmmaking. He returned to Montreal in 1968 and assisted on several sponsored films before directing his first feature in 1972.[3] His debut was Le temps d'une chasse, which was followed by the dysfunctional family drama Les Bons Débarras, generally regarded as his best film. He won Best Director at the Genie Awards, and the film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Later he directed Love and Hate: The Story of Colin and Joanne Thatcher, the first Canadian-produced drama to play on primetime American television.


Feature Films

Other Work

  • Une cause civil (Short film, 1973)
  • Un procès criminel (Short film, 1973)
  • Valentin (Short film, 1973)
  • L'orientation (Short film, 1974)
  • Expropriation (Short film, 1975)
  • Pointe Pelée (Short film, 1976)
  • What We Have Here Is a People Problem (TV movie, 1976) (Created for TV Series For the Record)
  • Suicide en prison (Short film aka I Was Dying Anyway, 1977)
  • A Matter of Choice (TV movie, 1978) (Created for TV Series For the Record)
  • Une journée à la Pointe Pelée (Documentary, 1978)
  • The Sight (Short film, 1985)
  • And Then You Die (TV movie, 1987)
  • Love and Hate: The Story of Colin and Joanne Thatcher (TV movie, 1990)
  • Conspiracy of Silence (TV miniseries, 1991)



  1. ^ Bell, Celina (August 30, 1993). "Close-Ups of the Heart: Francis Mankiewicz Left a Rich Legacy". Maclean's: 49.
  2. ^ Handling, Piers. "Francis Mankiewicz". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Morris, Peter (1984). The Film Companion. Toronto: Irwin Publishing. pp. 190–191. ISBN 0 7725 1505 0.
  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Les Portes tournantes". Retrieved 2009-07-30.
  5. ^ " Awards for Good Riddance". Retrieved 2010-08-21.

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