Quick stats about the movie

The haunting fable of a young woman who spends her entire life mourning her husband at the bottom of a cast iron bathtub after he is swallowed by a whale.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Stephen Dunn
Producer: Linda Dunn, Mark Bennett

Director’s statement

Stephen Dunn says:

Swallowed was created for the Toronto International Film Festival’s RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition and walked away with two awards and has screened at festivals around the world.

Although Swallowed remains one of the most inexpensive films I’ve ever made, it remains very close to my heart and never fails to make me homesick for Newfoundland.”

About Stephen Dunn


Stephen Dunn is an award-winning filmmaker from St. John’s, Newfoundland, and a graduate from Ryerson University’s Film Program. His thesis film, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me starring Gordon Pinsent, celebrated its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and won best live action film at TIFF’s Student Film Showcase.

Dunn is the youngest filmmaker selected for the TIFF Talent Lab where he won two TIFF RBC Emerging Filmmaker Awards for Swallowed, and the 2011 Peter Gerretsen Award for Film. While in his first year of university, Dunn attended the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner with his film The Hall, which obtained notoriety from film critic Roger Ebert, who highlighted Dunn as an upcoming filmmaker to watch.

Dunn’s motivational TEDx Talk Lecture, Redefining Magic, was recently featured at a TEDx event in Toronto. He is a current resident of Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab.

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