Meet the Director

With a youth spent on either side of the Pacific, Ben Hoskyn was born in Vancouver but he truly grew up in Hong Kong where his love of music and film blossomed into a passion. After graduating from the renowned Broadcast & Media Communications program at BCIT he was recruited to direct and produce a talk show and documentary series in Ottawa.

After years away, Ben never lost his devotion to his two homelands and launched work on his first feature film – Canadiana introspection and Hong Kong talkie melded into one – a tale of a family kept apart by circumstance and culture clash between the generations. With production taking place over four years, Ben conducted multiple shoots on two continents, and production right across Canada (Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa) in order to complete 8 Minutes Ahead.

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