Sook-Yin Lee Biography
Sook-Yin Lee is a Canadian broadcaster, musician, filmmaker, and actress.She was born in 1966 in Vancouver, British Columbia, she was raised as a devout Roman Catholic. Her father was a post-World War II orphan from Hong Kong, and her mother an escapee from Communist China who remained in and out of psychiatric institutions. She grew up within a strict, secretive and unstable family. Her parents split up and Lee ran away from home when she was 15, for a time living on the street before eventually living with a “community of lesbians and artists”.
Sook-Yin Lee Career
In the mid-1980s, she became the lead singer for Bob’s Your Uncle, a Vancouver alternative rock band.
In 1995, Lee became a VJ for MuchMusic, bringing her theatrical and musical background and her unique creative perspective to the channel. In 1997, She later appeared on the cover of Xtra!, She left MuchMusic in 2001, the following year, she was named as the new host of CBC Radio One’s Saturday afternoon pop culture magazine Definitely Not the Opera.
In the fall of 2004, she produced and hosted a documentary celebrating Terry Fox as part of the CBC Television series The Greatest Canadian. Fox finished second in the voting to Tommy Douglas, whose advocate was another ex-MuchMusic VJ, George Stroumboulopoulos. DNTO completed its run in 2016. Lee immediately hosted the summer series Sleepover for CBC Radio, and remains in talks to develop another permanent program for the network.
Sook Yin Lee Theatrical work
In 2013, Lee wrote and starred in a theatrical performance show, How Can I Forget? at Toronto’s Rhubarb and Summerworks theatre festivals. She and Litovitz also staged Morrice Fled: Two Paintings Talk to Each Other, a pop-up performance at the Art Gallery of Ontario based on the art of James Wilson Morrice, in January.
Sook Yin Lee Cbc
She hosted and co-produced the personal storytelling program DNTO on CBC Radio. She stars in the adventurous sex comedy Shortbus, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Her performance earned her the 2007 Best Supporting Actress award from the International Cinephile Society, honoring the finest in American and international cinema.
Sook Yin Lee Muchmusic
In 1995, Lee became a VJ for MuchMusic, bringing her theatrical and musical background and her unique creative perspective to the channel. She was best known as the host of MuchMusic’s alternative music show, The Wedge. She left MuchMusic in 2001. During her last appearance as a MuchMusic VJ, Lee and her co-host turned their backs to the camera, and mooned the audience on live television.
Sook Yin Lee Filmography
- Five Feminist Minutes (1990) (segment “Escapades of One Particular Mr. Noodle”)
- Green Dolphin Beat (1994)
- Bad Company (1995)
- Sliders (1995, TV series)
- Boy Meets Girl (1998)
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
- The Art of Woo (2001)
- 3 Needles (2005)
- Shortbus (2006)
- Toronto Stories (2008)
- Year of the Carnivore (2009)
- Jack (2013)
Sook Yin Lee Shortbus
Sofia (Sook-Yin Lee) is a couples therapist who is unable to climax despite the ministrations of her loving husband. Gay couple James (Paul Dawson) and Jamie (PJ DeBoy) decide to open the doors of their relationship by inviting in a third partner. All three attend a mixer in which partygoers partake of a sexual banquet.
Initial release: 12 June 2006 (Rome)
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Featured song: In the End
Screenplay: John Cameron Mitchell
Music composed by: Scott Matthew, Yo La Tengo