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The Diary of Evelyn Lau (1994)

A teenage girl runs away from home and her very strict mother, becomes a prostitute and drug-addict, which she writes a book about.

Director:

Sturla Gunnarsson

Writers:

Evelyn Lau (book), Barry Stevens
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3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Sandra Oh ... Evelyn Lau
Harrison Liu Harrison Liu ... Mr. Lau
Yan Cui ... Mrs. Lau (as Shirley Cui)
Cai Red Cai Red ... Kevin
Jay Brazeau ... Dr. Hightower
Eugene Lipinski ... Joe
Don Thompson ... Expo Drunk
Carson Carson ... Hand Job Man
Nicholas Campbell ... Man on Highway
Martin Doyle ... Management Consultant
Jerry Wasserman ... Man on Dock
Kenneth Welsh ... Larry
Peter Trower Peter Trower ... Himself
Jonathan Palis Jonathan Palis ... Little John Boy
Don S. Davis ... Man at Book Launch
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A teenage girl runs away from home and her very strict mother, becomes a prostitute and drug-addict, which she writes a book about.

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Drama

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1997 (Croatia) See more »

Also Known As:

O Diário de Evelyn Lau See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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Color
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Trivia

Sandra Oh was picked to play the leading part from over 2,000 performers who auditioned. It was one of her first on-camera roles out of drama school. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dancing at the Blue Iguana (2000) See more »

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HEROIN
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground
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as real as it gets
3 December 2005 | by heyjude05See all my reviews

When I first read this book, I was entranced by the real language and experience that Evelyn shared. Since I have become a social worker, I have passed numerous copies onto my teenage runaway clients, who all report having truly enjoyed the book as a real life experience. I highly recommend the book and the movie. The movie did an excellent job of putting the story into motion picture. The story shows the viewer/reader that child abuse comes in many forms. The emotional abuse Evelyn suffered from her mother happens all the time and is not always recognized for the real harm that it does. Many of my youth clients often say they would have preferred a smack in the face over the hurtful comments their parents made about them.


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