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Lulu Keating is an award-winning writer, producer and filmmaker whose work has been presented internationally. After studying Media and Communications at Vancouver School of Art, and Motion Picture Studies at Ryerson, Keating spent several years working through the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-op during the eighties.  She began then and continues to produce one film a year.  Her work is predominantly independent dramas and documentaries, and she has also produced for the NFB, CBC and History Television. 

Keating actively participates in Canada’s burgeoning film community.  She was one of the new wave of independent Canadian filmmakers who changed the shape of Canadian cinema. She was directly involved in the organization of film and video co-operatives across Canada, culminating in the formation of a national organization. In her new community, Dawson City Yukon, this work continues with her participation on the boards of Moving Images Distribution and Dawson City Arts Society. 

In 1985 Keating incorporated her own company, Red Snapper Films Limited, which has produced over two dozen films including her widely-loved tongue-in-cheek self-portrait Lulu’s Back in Town, the internationally acclaimed animated documentary about her huge Catholic family, The Moody Brood, and her feature film, shot in Zimbabwe, The Midday Sun.  Keating’s films have screened at festivals from Chicago to Copenhagen and her work has been honoured with numerous awards for best documentary, short film, editing and visual production at festivals around the world.

Keating is active on regional and national organizations, serving on numerous juries and boards of directors. She has taught from coast to coast to coast, for Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Emily Carr and Klondike Institute of Art and Culture.  Keating’s film work has been presented in retrospectives across the country. In 2001, Keating won a residency in Dawson City Yukon, where she now lives.

Currently, Keating is developing two feature films, Based on a True Fantasy and Klondike Kalahari.  As well she is seeking financing for a documentary about First Nation elder, photographer JJ Van Bibber.


Her Man Plan Short Film 2010  
DOG = GOD         Short Film 2009  
Brain Clever Short Film 2009  
NiheDahch’e Sho Tr inlay (Welcome) Informational Video 2008  
Getting Real Short Drama 2008  
Dawson Town Melted Down Filmmaker            2007  
  Short Film
Klondike Kalahari Screenwriter            2006  
  feature screenplay in development
Inside Out 3:46 min. Writer, Director, Editor 2005  
  personal documentary
My Hurricane 5 min. Writer, Director, Editor 2004  

experimental drama

Tit for Tat 4 min. Co-Writer, Director, Editor 2003  
  political music video
All Things Nice 4:30 min Co-Writer, Director, Editor 2003  
  satirical documentary
Ladies in Waiting 9 min. Writer, Director, Camera, Editor 2000  
  experimental documentary
Moody Brood 39:30 min Writer, Director, Narrator 1999  
  animated doccumentary
Madame Ada: More Class than Flash 44:25 min. Writer, Director 1998  
  documentary for History Television
Come on In: Women's Centres in Nova Scotia 19:15 min Co-writer, Director 1995  
  Information Video
Ann and Maddy 24 min Director, Co-Producer 1992  
In Service 23 min Co-Writer, Director, Producer 1990  
The Midday Sun 92 min Writer, Director 1989  
  Dramatic Feature, filmed in Zimbabwe
Enterprising Women 30 min Writer, Co-Director 1987  
Rita MacNeil in Japan 25 min Director 1985  
  Documentary shot in Japan
City Survival 25 min Co-writer, Director, Editor 1983  
  Drama about a Nova Scotian adjusting to life in a big city

  • Jury: Atlantic Film Festival, Manitoba, Canada Council, Chambers, Multicultural Awards
  • Residency: Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture, Dawson City, Yukon, April, 2003
  • Alibi Unplugged: three screenplays submitted, all recommended for public reading, 2001
  • Progress Women of Excellence Award, Arts and Culture, 1997
  • The C.B.C. Pioneer Award, 1995
  • Best Director Award, and Best Production, St. Francis Xavier Univ. Play Festival, 1971
  • Women’s Television Network: Through Her Eyes.  Four-hour retrospective, 1995
  • Moderator, Local Heroes Festival, Declarations of Independents program,
  • Co-Host Atlantic Filmmakers, series of 12 X 1 hour profiles, C.B.C.1982-83

  • Dawson City International Short Film Festival, Dawson City Yukon, 2003
  • Reel Madness Film Festival, Victoria, 2001
  • Blinding Light Cinema, Vancouver, 2000
  • Femmes en Focus, Moncton, New Brunswick, 1987

The Moody Brood

  • Finalist, Best Writing, Hot Docs Festival, Toronto, 2000
  • Gold Camera Award for Best Documentary, U.S. International Film and Video Festival, Chicago, 1999
  • Best Atlantic Documentary, Rex Tasker Award, Atlantic Film Festival, 1999
  • Honourable Mention, Columbus International Film and Video Festival, 1999

Ann and Maddy Awards

  • Gemini Nomination, Best Actress, Jennifer Phipps

Rita MacNeil in Japan Awards

  • Best Editing, Atlantic Film Festival, 1986
  • Best Visual Production, Atlantic Film Festival, 1986

City Survival Awards

  • Best Short Film, Atlantic Film Festival, 1986
  • Invited, Local Heroes Festival, Edmonton, 1984

Lulu’s Back in Town Awards

  • Honorable Mention, Yorkton International Film and Video Festival, 1981

The Moody Brood

  • Copenhagen, Denmark: “Crossing Boundaries” Festival, April, 2000
  • St. John's International Women's Film and Video Festival, October 1999
  • Antigonish Women's Film Festival, November 1999
  • Rebcontres International Documentaire de Montréal, December 1999
The Midday Sun
  • Summer Institute of Film, June 1989
  • Atlantic Film Festival, September 1989
  • Chicago International Film Festival, October 1989
  • Vancouver International Film Festival, October 1989
  • Festival du monde, Montréal, 1989

  • Dawson City International Short Film Festival: Festival Programmer / Producer, Dec. 2004 – April 2006
  • Rim Shots Media Arts Festival: films from the North, the Atlantic, and the Pacific, Vancouver June, 2004
  • A Sense of Place: Canadian Illustrations: Films from Atlantic Canada, Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver, Feb. 2003
  • Antigonish Women’s Film Festival: Nova Scotian Women’s Films, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. September 2002

  • Nova Scotia Art Bank – The Moody Brood
  • Public Archives of Canada – several films


Summer Institute of Film, Algonquin College, Ottawa

  • Producing Drama 1984
  • Advanced Screenwriting, 1983
  • Intermediate Screenwriting, 1982
1976-77 Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, Toronto           
  • Motion Picture Studies

St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia           

  • General Arts
1968-69 Couvent de Levis, Levis Quebec
  • Grade 11 – all courses in French; averaged 80% by June graduation

2006 Strategic Partners, Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax
2003 Strategic Partners, Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax
2002 Tools of the Trade, sponsored by B.C. Film
2002 After the First Draft, Praxis
2001 Drawing on Film, Cameraless Animation, Cineworks
1995 Understanding Story, Academy of Canadian Cinema

Acting Techniques for Directors Writers and Producers,
Judith Weston, Rockport Maine Workshops

1990 Directing for Film, Paul Gray, Montreal

2003 – 2004 

Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University
Halifax, Nova Scotia           
Film department Sessional

2003 Emily Carr College of Art and Design
Vancouver, B.C.                      
Senior animation students Experimenting with Animation for Industry Professionals
2002 First Works Program: for Nova Scotia Film Development Corp.
Antigonish, Nova Scotia            
Film theory, production - 9 weeks

  • Dawson City Arts Society
  • Yukon Film Society
  • Northern Film and Video Industry Association
  • Praxis Centre for Screenwriters (fellow)
  • Moving Images Distribution - Board of Directors (2001 to 2003, 2004-2006)
  • Atlantic Filmmakers’ Co-op (past President, Board and Committee member 1980-1986)
  • Linda Joy Media Arts Society (Founding member, past President)
  • National Screen Institute of Canada (Board of Directors, 1992-94)
  • Nova Scotia Talent Trust, Board of Directors and Jury, 1994-96

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