May Watkis

Terry, Mark

One of the early women pioneers in the Canadian film industry was May Watkis, a determined artist who never performed in front of the camera, but who blazed a trail for Canadian women in high-ranking positions behind the scenes. Having always wanted to work in show business, Watkis began exploring other possibilities when she soon learned she was not “a type, and would have little chance as an actress” according to article by Edith M. Cuppage in Maclean’s Magazine in 1921 (64). Undaunted, she began to look for film work in areas where few women had ever been employed.


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Women Film Pioneers Project
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October 15, 2019

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