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Jennifer Holness

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Nationality  Canadian
Shows  Guns
Spouse  Sudz Sutherland
Role  Film producer
Name  Jennifer Holness

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Occupation  Film/TV producer and screenwriter
Known for  Love, Sex and Eating the Bones Guns She's the Mayor
Movies  Home Again, Love, Sex and Eating the Bones, My Father's Hands
Awards  Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-series
Nominations  Genie Award for Best Motion Picture, Gemini Award for Best Short Dramatic Program
Similar People  Sudz Sutherland, Stephan James, Lisa Wickham, Don Carmody, Fefe Dobson

#TBFF17 Guest Speaker - Jennifer Holness - Producer and Screenwriter

Jennifer Holness is a Canadian film and television producer and screenwriter, who is the business partner of Sudz Sutherland, also her husband, in Hungry Eyes Film & Television. Her production and writing credits include the film Love, Sex and Eating the Bones and the television series Guns, She's the Mayor and Shoot the Messenger.


Holness also directed the documentary film Speakers for the Dead, and produced Catherine Annau's documentary film Brick by Brick


Jennifer Holness was born in 1969 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She moved to Toronto, Canada at a young age with her mother. She went to York University, where she studied political science. This is also where she met her husband David "Sudz" Sutherland. The two got married after finishing their degrees at York University and have three daughters.


Holness has mentioned that growing up in a housing project helped shape her view of the city and how she crafts her work. The aim of her work has been a steady understanding of the stories that most people do not want to direct; touching subjects about gun violence, homophobia and deportation of immigrants in the city of Toronto. Holness' professional career started with a documentary in which she co-directed, Speakers for the Dead (2000) with her husband, Sutherland. Following the success from Love, Sex And Eating the Bones, Holness produced and co-wrote a miniseries for CBC titled Guns (2009). She then went on to produce a documentary, Badge of Pride (2010) which looked at the struggles that gay police officers faced in the force. Holness went on to produce and co-write another feature film titled Home Again (2012) in which follows Jamaican deportees from Canada. Holness mentions that she obtained the inspiration for this film from a classmate in high school who was deported back to Jamaica- and killed in a shooting. It was in an attempt to challenge the bill C-43 which stated that immigrants with criminal records could be deported back to native countries. Her largest work to date with husband David Sutherland with a production value of over 4 million. She is currently producing and co-writing a TV crime drama, Shoot the Messenger (2016) A drama that follows a journalist who gets tied up with various third-parties (such as gangs and politicians) while she uncovers her first murder case. The idea is loosely based on the controversies of former Toronto mayor, Rob Ford.


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