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Collaborator is a comedy-drama film written and directed by Martin Donovan. This film held its world premiere on July 4, 2011 at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.[1]

Collaborator poster.jpg
Directed by Martin Donovan
Produced by Julien Favre, Luca Matrundola, Pascal Vaguelsy, Ted Hope
Written by Martin Donovan
Starring Martin Donovan
David Morse
Olivia Williams
Melissa Auf der Maur
Katherine Helmond
Eileen Ryan
Music by Manels Favre
Cinematography Julie Kirkwood
Edited by Karen Porter
Distributed by Tribeca Film
E1 Entertainment Canada
Release date
  • July 4, 2011 (2011-07-04) (Karlovy Vary Film Festival)
  • June 18, 2012 (2012-06-18) (United States)
Running time
87 minutes
Country United States
Language English



Donovan also stars in the film, portraying a once-successful playwright, Robert Longfellow, who is taken hostage by an ex-con neighbor while on a routine visit to his childhood home. Two-time Emmy-nominee David Morse plays Gus (the neighbor); a man Robert has avoided since he was a boy. The film also stars Olivia Williams, Melissa Auf der Maur, Katherine Helmond and Eileen Ryan play supporting roles. As the drama unfolds, social status, celebrity and the threat of violence converge, leaving the playwright simultaneously shattered and inspired.


Awards and nominationsEdit


DViant Films and This Is That Productions produced Collaborator. The film's score was composed by Manels Favre. The soundtrack also includes a Brahms cover performed by PJ Harvey. Filming took place in Los Angeles, California, as well as Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.


As of October 2013, the film has a 75% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 24 reviews.[4]

The New York Times found it "earnest" and "wooden", like a one-act play "in which any visceral tension is secondary to topical debates by a captor and his prisoner".[5] The Los Angeles Times found it "disappointing" and "somber", failing to generate any tension from its thriller elements.[6]

The Globe and Mail awarded it 2.5/5; Adam Litovitz criticised some stagy elements but praised the film as a study of character.[7] The New York Post praised the performances, saying "both characters are riveting".[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Prizes of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2011". 9 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b "'Restoration' wins at Karlovy Vary". Variety. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Canadian Screen Award nominations". CBC News. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Collaborator". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  5. ^ Holden, Steven (July 5, 2012). "Collaborator (review)". New York Times.
  6. ^ Goldstein, Gary (July 19, 2012). "Collaborator (Review)". LA Times. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  7. ^ Litovitz, Adam (Jul 13, 2012). "A dark buddy tale for the mancession". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  8. ^ Smith Nehme, Farran (July 6, 2012). "Collaborator". New York Post. Retrieved 22 October 2013.

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