Colin is a Curator at Shudder, the leading online video network super-serving horror fans with curated worldwide programming ranging from hard to find independent fare to cult classics to Hollywood blockbusters.
From 1997 to 2017, Colin selected cutting-edge films for the Toronto International Film Festival, where he was in charge of the Midnight Madness and Vanguard programmes. At TIFF he has introduced new talent and hosted the premieres of films including Miike Takashi’s Ichi the Killer; Johnnie To’s Full Time Killer; Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever and Hostel; Wilson Yip’s SPL (Kill Zone) starring Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung; and Pratchya Pinkaew’s Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior.
For the two years 2011 to 2012, Colin was Festival Director of ActionFest, the only film festival dedicated to showcasing international action cinema. Colin’s additional programming and festival affiliations include Fantasia; Toronto After Dark; the Asian rep theatre Golden Classics Cinema; Images Festival of Independent Film & Video; Cinematheque Ontario; Reel Asian Film Festival; Fantastic Fest; and Fantastic Fest (Austin). Colin has served on the juries of several international film festivals. For more than a decade culminating in 2006, Colin also curated Kung Fu Fridays, a monthly screening series showcasing the eclectic world of Asian martial arts and cult cinema.
A specialist in Asian cinema, Colin has written for The Globe & Mail, Giant Robot Magazine, and published Asian Eye magazine, one of the first publications dedicated to examining the Hong Kong film industry. He directed supplementary content for DVDs featuring interviews with legends of Asian cinema, such as Master Hwang Inn Shik for the U.K. DVD releases of Jackie Chan’s Dragon Lord and Young Master; John Woo’s film editor David Wu; and Bruce Lee’s regular co-star, actress Nora Miao.
In addition, Colin has one of North America’s largest collections of Hong Kong cinema promotional materials, posters and lobby cards. An exhibition of 50 of his posters was held at the Cinematheque Quebecoise in 2008. Since 2002, Colin has been rescuing abandoned 35mm prints from Toronto’s closed Chinatown cinemas and garbage heaps, and recently also rescued the Toronto Reference Library’s entire 16mm film collection. In 2010, he donated 200 feature films originating from Hong Kong and Taiwan to the University of Toronto.