Graham Petrie (born 1939) is a retired Scottish-Canadian academic and writer,[1] most notably a literature and film studies professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.[2]

He was born in Penang, Malaya to Scottish parents, and was raised and educated primarily in Scotland.[1] He initially joined McMaster as a professor of English,[3] with his academic focus evolving toward film during his time with the institution.

In addition to his academic works he published the novel Seahorse in 1980,[4] and was a shortlisted nominee for the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 1981.[1] In 1996, Soho Press published his second novel The Siege[5] simultaneously with a reissue of Seahorse.[1] He also published the short story "Village Theatre" in John Robert Colombo's 1981 anthology Not to Be Taken at Night.[6]



  • The Cinema of François Truffaut (1970)[7]
  • History Must Answer to Man: The Contemporary Hungarian Cinema (1981)[2]
  • Hollywood Destinies: European Directors in America, 1922-1931 (1986)[8]
  • Before the Wall Came Down: Soviet and East European Filmmakers Working in the West (1990)[2]
  • Johnston, Vida T.; Petrie, Graham (1997). The Films of Andrei Tarkovsky: A Visual Fugue. Bloomington: Indiana Univ. Press. ISBN 0-253-20887-4.[2]


  • Seahorse (1980)
  • The Siege (1995)[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Double the impact". Toronto Star, June 17, 1995.
  2. ^ a b c d Stephen Broomer, Hamilton Babylon: A History of the McMaster Film Board. University of Toronto Press, 2016. ISBN 9781442647787.
  3. ^ "Historian says Bergman one of few authentic movie geniuses". Toronto Star, January 13, 1976.
  4. ^ "2 first novels take us into fable, myth". Toronto Star, October 24, 1981.
  5. ^ "16th century fantasy has cruel twist". Toronto Star, January 20, 1996.
  6. ^ "A serving of chillers for the scary season". The Globe and Mail, October 31, 1981.
  7. ^ "Wild Child: Truffaut's return to greatness". The Globe and Mail, January 23, 1971.
  8. ^ "Crossed cultures in Hollywood". The Globe and Mail, February 22, 1986.