Documentaries are the core of burkeandburke’s work. 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.

Selected documentaries include:

Zapped: The Buzz About Mosquitoes

High Heel Confidential

Exotic Lives

Revolution On Wheels

Dating Confidential

Don Cherry: Greatest Canadian



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 directed Measha Bruegger-Gosman in the performance-documentary, Spirit in Her Voice

The Faerie Queen was produced by burkeandburke. Directed by Alan Burke. Written by Jean Burke.



Alan has produced many award-winning television movies including Giant Mine, Gross Misconduct, and Skate. He developed these projects with such talented people as Paul Gross, Suzette Couture, John Frizzell and Atom Egoyan.

More recently, he and partner Jean Burke developed the feature film Water of Life with Des Walsh. 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.  And he was executive producer of Love Is Work a feature film directed by John Kalangis.

Currently, Alan and Jean Burke are developing A False Note with writer Amy Cameron.