Christine McLean is a well-known broadcast journalist and documentary writer/director living in Fredericton. She has written and directed more than thirty nationally televised documentaries for Discovery Canada’s highly successful Frontiers of Construction and Stones of Fame and Fortune series, as well as for CBC’s Opening Night. She won three Chris awards, including a Silver Chris for this work.
After returning to school in 2008 to earn her Masters at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, she taught television at St. Thomas University in Fredericton and the University of Kings College in Halifax. During this time, she continued her documentary practice, contributing episodes to CBC’s long-running Land and Sea series and creating three CBC radio columns, one focusing on artists, entitled Christine McLean Presents. Christine was also the expert panelist from New Brunswick on CBC TV’s Short Film Face-Off for three seasons.
She is a former executive member of Women in Film and Television – Atlantic, a graduate of the Summer Institute of Film and Television and a member of the Documentary Organization of Canada. She has volunteered with the Silver Wave Film Festival, the Atlantic Film Festival, the Canadian Screenwriters Awards, the Atlantic Journalism Awards, the Lunenburg Doc Fest, and the Frye Literary Festival. She also enjoys moderating events at the annual Women Making Waves weekend.
Christine recently worked as writer and/or co-director for Hemmings House Pictures, on projects including The Boy Who Was Bullied and Code Kids, both of which screened at the 2015 Atlantic Film Festival. She was the story editor and narrator of It Was the Dance, 2013 winner for best low budget documentary at SWFF. She was also a field director in 2016 for CBC’s Keeping Canada Alive and this year for Keeping Canada Safe.
The Girls of St. Mary’s is her first production under McLean Media Enterprises. It will be aired on APTN this year. Her latest episode for Land and Sea was broadcast in January.
Christine’s most recent project, The Girls of St. Mary’s has been nominated for awards.