Director, scriptwriter, producer. Shaped by the Montreal theatre world which initiated him in the 1980s, Pierre Gang first attracted attention with his finely crafted, semi-autobiographical feature Sous-sol (1996). René, a pre-pubescent, working class Montreal boy, is caught in a conflicted and voyeuristic relationship with the sexuality of his mother, a blowsy widow waitress who finds a hot boyfriend with a fascinating dick, but René eventually manages to grow up all the same. With one of the best Quebec queer coming-of-age movies as a calling card and a Genie for best screenplay under his arm, Gang was hired as an eligible Quebec resident to direct the US gay cable sequels, More Tales of the City (1998) and Further Tales of the City (2001). His Canadian backers rescued this project from a US funding chill around the explicit queer stuff in the queer-bashed Part I, parachuting Montreal locations and Canadian actors like Jackie Burroughs delightfully but somewhat improbably into the mythic San Francisco of Armistead Maupin's original epic. Along the way Gang directed Brent Carver in another English-language, US-focused film, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1999). Gang is a talented scriptwriter and director of actors as well as another example of the prophet-in-his-own-country syndrome.
Montreal , QC