Saitarg’s Gravitas Quotient Gail Harvey

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Director Gail Harvey answers 19 Gravitas questions with Alan Gratias

Gail Harvey is an award-winning television and film director whose latest feature film, the thriller Never Saw it Coming, was written by County resident Linwood Barclay, based on his novel. It was recently nominated for Best World Showcase Feature Film at the Soho International Film Festival in New York.

Her documentary film about musician Rickie Lee Jones, entitled The Other Side of Desi, premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London, England in 2016. Gail’s feature film Looking is the Original Sin won best international feature at the New York International Film Festival. At the Female Eye Film Festival, Gail was awarded Honorary Director, Best in the Biz award for 2014.

She is currently directing the new Netflix/CBC show Northern Rescue, starring Billy Baldwin, and has directed television shows for Private Eyes, Dark Matter, HeartlandLost GirlRepublic of Doyle, and Murdoch Mysteries, as well as directing all episodes of HBO’s The Line, and Four Extraordinary Women and Home by Christmas movies for Lifetime Network.

When she first worked in film as a photographer, she was hired on a CBC show Dieppe which was shot in the County and fell in love with the area. “My hobby became staying at Isaiah Tubbs and looking at real estate. I bought my place 18 years ago when vineyards were only a dream.”

One last question, I plead. “What secret to a successful marriage would Gail like to share.”

“I don’t know the answer to that,” she replied, “I haven’t figured out the secret yet.”


Name one universal rule of friendship?
Speak the truth.

What are you going to do about growing old?
I’m going to keep busy and learning new things and having new adventures.

What makes your heart stand still?
The love for my children.

If you knew the truth, how would you reveal it?

We all hope there will be one more time. One more time for what?
To see my parents.

If you were going to launch a new prohibition, what would you outlaw?
Racism, homophobia, war, meanness.

How would you like to rewire your brain?
I would like to try not to be so bossy – works in my job but not so great in my personal life.

If you were to ask for divine intervention, what would it be for?
For my children to be eternally happy.

What are you fatally attracted to?
Miss Vickie’s potato chips.

Give one example of life’s absurdities?
That there is no answer to why we are here.

Why do we sometimes crave chaos?
It is familiar to some people.

How do you stay clear of the rocks and shoals?
Be mindful.

Why should we hang onto our illusions?
I am an optimist and try to find something good or a lesson in everything that happens. If that is an illusion I am keeping it.

What would your father make of you now?
My father would be so proud of me.

When do reality and fantasy merge?
In the magic of creating art.

What is the best way to get licensed as an adult?
Face reality and don’t bullshit yourself.

What do you wish you understood about the workings of the universe?
Where people go when they die.

How do we get to the authentic self?
Keep chipping away.

How are you different from the way others perceive you?
I am not as strong as everyone thinks.

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