The kid with matinee idol looks eventually garnered a matinee idol career to go with them, emerging into the spotlight with a new moniker and years of experience being chased by an adoring public.
Arthur Gellen became Tab Hunter, and Tab Hunter became an enormous success in post-war Hollywood.
'The street looks so anonymous at first – rows of Georgian townhouses, with little gold signs by the buzzers,' she says.
He worked with MG Vassanji, Miriam Toews, Kerri Sakamoto, Djanet Sears and Lawrence Hill on the development of a six-part TV series City Suites.
Alan produced and directed many arts documentaries for CBC on visual artists such as Paterson Ewen, Attila Richard Lukacs and photographer Evergon, dancer Michael Greyeyes, choreographer John Alleyne, comedian Sandra Shamas, and film director Norman Jewison. Alan has produced many award-winning television movies including Giant Mine, Gross Misconduct, and Skate.
Selected documentaries include: Alan co-developed CBC’s arts program Opening Night and was the director of its hosted segments and many of its performances, including mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell, soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, pianist Louis Lortie, and jazz singer Molly Johnson. He developed these projects with such talented people as Paul Gross, Suzette Couture, John Frizzell and Atom Egoyan.
It was a very delicate process and difficult to gain trust.'She pulled it off nonetheless, and the result, Inside Harley Street, is an illuminating three-part series.
Filmed over seven months, it shows the enormous variety of treatments being conducted behind those Georgian frontages – not to mention the extraordinary tales of hope and tragedy.