Paul Donovan

male
Born
1954
in
Halifax , NS
Canada
Nova Scotia CA
Lives in
Halifax , NS
Canada
Nova Scotia CA
Biography

Producer, director. Dalhousie- and London Film School-trained Donovan is best known as the Halifax mogul who has run since the 1980s, with his brother Michael, the private sector regional success story Salter Street Films, responsible in recent years for “This Hour has 22 Minutes”. The presumed heterosexual Donovan merits a footnote in Canadian queer film history for Siege (a.k.a Self-Defense, 1982), one of the early rare queer-positive features during the Capital Cost Allowance period. Programmed at one of the first Toronto queer festivals (Harbourfront, 1985), Siege is a prize-winning, self-financed low-budget actioner, inspired by the recent Halifax police strike, pitting vigilante thugs against gays and lesbian characters, who (uncharacteristically, for the time) fight back.