The Alumni of Victoria College executive is pleased to announce Anne (Weldon) Tait Vic 5T4 as the 2011 Victoria College Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. The award will be presented by the Alumni of Victoria College Executive at a dinner on June 14. Tait is a Toronto-based film producer, writer, casting director and broadcaster. She is best known for producing the epic film Iron Road in 2009.
She began her career in television production and has taught acting at George Brown College, Humber College and privately for over 25 years. She has cast the likes of Sarah Polley, Ryan Gosling and Hayden Christensen in their early television appearances, as well as Sir Ben Kingsley, Peter O’Toole, Donald Sutherland Vic 5T8, Christopher Lloyd, Russell Crowe and Helena Bonham Carter in feature films. She has been honoured with a career achievement award from the Female Eye Film Festival, an Emmy nomination, two CBC Anik Awards and a Gemini Award. In 2000 she founded Anne Tait Productions to develop and produce films and dramatic television. Tait has several projects in development including A Stubborn Passion, a movie about W.B. Yeats and Maud Gonne. Her own play Yeats in Love was produced in Ireland and on six stages in Canada.
“I learned so much at Vic. I was introduced to Yeats’ poetry, which led to my stage play and my screenplay," says Tait. “Those Vic years affected my whole life and gave me precious friends—I play tennis with some of them to this day.”