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Hugh John Murray is a graduate of the Journalism Media Studies graduate program at Western University, starting his career out of Vancouver, directing the CTV documentary Democracy and the Dictator and the Golden Sheaf nominated Ironson. He worked with Galafilm Productions for 8 years on a panoply of international productions, including such critically-acclaimed series as Big Sugar (CBC/SRC) and the CBC/SRC mini series The Great War, in which he was 2nd unit drama director. For two decades, he has worked in a variety of capacities for some of Canada’s top production houses. 


Hugh John is the recipient of a French Gemini (Gemeaux) and Golden Sheaf award for Best Research (L’Empire du Sucre/Big Sugar), and was nominated for a Gemeaux for his work on The Great War.  


In 2012, Hugh John directed 5 hours of Season 3 of the highly popular Investigation Discovery / OWN / CANAL D series The Will, including episodes on Andy Warhol, Ritchie Valens, Jerry Garcia and Robert Johnson. In 2013, he directed episodes of Fatal Vows (Investigation Discovery/OWN/CANAL D), followed in 2015 by the CBC/Canal D documentary Maple Syrup Mayhem / Sirop à la foile. In 2018, he wrote and edited the documentary Arctic Bloom / À l’Oree de la banquise with Parafilms (EXPLORA/CBC/CANAL+), and has continued researching, editing and writing induction videos for the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (including Neil Young, Beau Dommage and Bruce Cockburn to name a few). In addition to his TV work, he has directed the short films Desiderata in 2009 (nominated for A&E Best Drama Award) and Spill in 2013, both of which have been screened internationally at film festivals. As a professional editor, award-wining researcher, videographer, writer and director, Hugh John has a highly developed eye for visual story telling with a twist.



Nominee for French Gemini, Best Research, La Grande Guerre (SRC).


Best Research Award, Golden Sheaf for Big Sugar,  Yorkton Film Festival • Best Social and Political documentary Nominee Gemeaux


Gemeaux winner, Best Research, L’Empire du Sucre - Big Sugar. Galafilm Productions, Montreal. Two hour television series CBC/SRC / International broadcast.


Royal Reel Award for Environmental Short Film, "Spill" -Canada International Film Festival 2015




Yorkton Film Festival • Zero Film Festival Los Angeles • Zero Film Festival NYC • Byron Bay International Film Festival (Australia) • Festival de Curtmetratges de Manlleu (Barcelona) • Okanagan International Film Festival • Rendezvous with Madness (Toronto) • NSI Short Film Festival (Canada) • Montreal World Film Festival (selected) • 11th Annual Green Film Festival in Seoul, Korea • 7th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest • Voices from the River Film Festival India (selected) • FINCORTEX International Festival of Experimental Short films (Colombia) • Canada International Film Festival • Haida Gwaii Film Festival

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