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Richard Bell is the writer and director of Brotherhood (in post production), Eighteen and the short feature Two Brothers and the co-executive producer of Anthem of a Teenage Prophet.

Richard Bell
Years active2000-present

A survival / adventure drama, based on a true story, Brotherhood[1] will star Brendan Fehr, Brendan Fletcher, Jake Manley, Gage Munroe, Dylan Everett, Matthew Isen and Sam Ashe Arnold[2]. It was filmed on the Michipicoten First Nation [3] and at Revival Film Studios in Toronto, Canada. It is currently in post-production at the Rolling Picture Company.

Eighteen starred Brendan Fletcher, Carly Pope, Mark Hildreth, Thea Gill, and Alan Cumming.[4] The film was narrated by Ian McKellen,[5] with music composed by Bramwell Tovey[6] and performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.[4][7] Eighteen was released on DVD on June 27, 2006. It made its Canadian broadcast television premiere on City TV on March 1, 2008 and became available on iTunes in summer / fall of 2010.

Bell adapted Joanne Proulx's novel Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet.[8] The project was developed by Telefilm and Astral Media, through the Harold Greenberg Fund and went to camera on March 27th, 2017 with a new shooting script and Bell serving as co-executive producer.[9][10] At the Whistler Film Festival in 2012, Bell was one of the three winners of the China Canada Gateway for Film, a co-production initiative with China, with his romantic-comedy pitch Blush.[11] In September 2010, Bell was chosen out of 217 applicants to the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab.[12]


In 2007, Richard was nominated for a Genie Award for co-writing the song "In a Heartbeat" for his film Eighteen, with composer Bramwell Tovey.[13][14] Vancouver newspaper Xtra West awarded him Visual Artist of the Year for the same film at their annual Hero Awards that year.[15]


  1. ^ "Cameras roll on Brotherhood". Playback. September 29, 2017.
  2. ^ "'Revenant' Actor Brendan Fletcher, Brendan Fehr Join Indie 'Brotherhood'". The Hollywood Reporter. September 29, 2017.
  3. ^ "Principal photography begins for 'Brotherhood' near Wawa". September 26, 2017. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b DeMara, Bruce (November 11, 2006). "Director beat odds to make unconventional war movie". Toronto Star. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  5. ^ Kramer, Gary (June 29, 2006). "Bell's Eighteen with McKellen Voice-Over". San Francisco Bay Times. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  6. ^ "A Maestro Scores in the Indies". Globe and Mail. November 6, 2004.
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  8. ^ Parry, Malcolm (October 1, 2011). "Dinner-recital helps to fund overseas tour". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  9. ^ "Astral's The Harold Greenberg Fund Supports 27 New Projects". Broadcaster. January 19, 2010. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  10. ^ "Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund Announces Support for Script Development Projects". Broadcaster. September 27, 2011. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  11. ^ "Chinese Studios Select Canadian Co-Production Partners at Whistler Film Festival". The Hollywood Reporter. November 30, 2012.
  12. ^ Pozzo, Jasmyn (August 30, 2010). "Local filmmaker Richard Bell called to exclusive TIFF program". The Vancouver Observer. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  13. ^ Hainsworth, Jeremy (January 17, 2007). "Local filmmaker up for Genie". Xtra. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  14. ^ "Trailer Park Boys, Bon Cop compete for best picture Genie". CBC. January 10, 2007. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  15. ^ Perelle, Robin (May 23, 2007). "Honouring our heroes". Xtra West. Retrieved November 6, 2011.

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