David Wharnsby

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David Wharnsby
Born (1967-06-20) June 20, 1967 (age 55)
OccupationFilm Editor
Years active1996 - present
(m. 2003; div. 2008)

David Wharnsby (born June 20, 1967) is a Canadian film editor. He was married to director and actress Sarah Polley.

Life and career[edit]

Wharnsby was born in Waterloo, Ontario. He attended Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School.

Some of Wharnsby's numerous credits include; the CBC's miniseries Northern Town, directed by Gary Burns; At The Hotel, directed by Ken Finkleman; TIFF top ten films, I, Claudia, by Chris Abraham; The Uncles by Jim Allodi; Ken Finkleman's The Newsroom and Foreign Objects; I Shout Love by Sarah Polley; Atom Egoyan's Sarabande; The Four Seasons and Don Giovanni Unmasked by Barbara Willis Sweete; David Weaver's Siblings and Century Hotel; and Three Stories by Semi Chellas.

His television directing credits include one episode of Billable Hours ("Killer Comma"), two episodes of Being Erica ("This Be the Verse" and "The Unkindest Cut") and three episodes of Saving Hope.

Wharnsby received a Gemini Award for his work on Jennifer Baichwal's documentary The Holier It Gets. He has also worked with Baichwal on The True Meaning of Pictures, and the Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles. He won a Genie Award in 2004 for his work on Guy Maddin's The Saddest Music in the World. Wharnsby was also awarded the DGC Craft Award for Picture Editing of a Feature Film for Away from Her in 2007. Regardless of the myriad of awards he has been nominated for and/or received, he has rarely made any public appearances.

Wharnsby married Sarah Polley, who in addition to directing is an actress, singer, writer, and activist, in September 2003. They have since divorced.[1] He collaborated with then wife Polley on the 2006 feature-length film Away from Her, which Polley directed. His mother Marnie was host of the children's television show Romper Room in the 1960s for CKCO-TV. His brother Tim is a sports reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's website, cbcsports.ca. He also has two sisters.


Year Title Notes
1996 Project Grizzly Documentary
1996 Drive Short film
1997 Hong Kong Symphony TV movie
1997 Bach Cello Suite #4: Sarabande
1998 Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles Documentary
1998 A Boy's Own Story Short film
1999 Heater
1999 In Memory Short film
1999 Don't Think Twice Short film
2000 Hindsight Short film
2000 Prelude Short film
2000 The Line Short film
2000 24fps Short film
2000 The Holier It Gets
2000 The Uncles
2001 Great Performances Episode: "Don Giovanni Unmasked"
2001 Three Stories from the End of Everything Short film
2001 Century Hotel
2001 I Shout Love Short film
2002 The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia Documentary
2002 Perfect Pie
2002 Escape from the Newsroom TV movie
2003 The Saddest Music in the World
2004 The Newsroom Episode: "America, America"
2004 Elizabeth Rex TV movie
2004 Trouser Accidents Short film
2004 I, Claudia
2004 Siblings
2006 At the Hotel TV series
2006 Northern Town TV series
2006 Away from Her
2008 Passchendaele
2008 Green Door Short film
2022 Into the Weeds'
Year Title Notes
2007 Billable Hours Episode: "The Killer Comma"
2009 Being Erica Episode 108: "This Be the Verse"
Episode 207: "The Unkindest Cut"
2012 Saving Hope Episode 217: "Twinned Lambs"
Episode 308: "The Heartbreak Kid"


  1. ^ Stephen Whitty (2010-05-05). "Sarah Polley makes only movies she'd see - from indies to zombie flicks". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2010-12-23.

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