Ron Hallis


Documentarist, teacher. McGill-trained, Montreal-based, queer-friendly Hallis, a pioneer of independent social issue and “third world” documentary in English Quebec, broke ground in 1970 with his early work on sexual marginality. Toni, Randi and Marie (1971, 48) was a cinema-verite trilogy about the everyday lives of the eponymous female impersonator, transvestite hustler, and female prostitute. The section on Randi also circulated separately as Night Shift (1970, 20). Risks of voyeurism aside, the work stands up as a respectful and unique encounter with its proud but stigmatized subjects.