Sabrina Furminger is a Vancouver-based film and television journalist. As Reel People columnist for the Westender newspaper, she built up a loyal readership and won awards – a Women in Film & Television Vancouver Spotlight Award in 2016, and Ma Murray Awards in 2017 and 2018 – for stories that showcased the actors, filmmakers, crews, and creators who populate Vancouver’s dynamic screen scene.
Sabrina’s dedication and efforts have afforded her a position of trust in the Vancouver film and television community; she has genuine rapport with the reel people whose careers she and her readers follow with great interest. She’s a familiar face at red carpet functions, a film festival juror (Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival, and Crazy8s), and was a regular guest on Roundhouse Radio 98.3fm, where she was called upon to champion the homegrown screen scene. Sabrina hosts the monthly film series Her Stories: Women Call the Shots at VIFF's Vancity Theatre, and writes The Showbiz, a weekly film and television industry column in the Vancouver Courier newspaper.
Her article list – which numbers well into the high hundreds – features a who’s who of Canadian and international film and television industry talent; highlights include Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG-1, Sanctuary), Rachel Talalay (Doctor Who), Scott Thompson (The Kids in the Hall), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Colin Mochrie (Whose Line is it Anyway?), Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), Nicole Oliver (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Chris Carter (The X-Files), Commander Chris Hadfield, Peter Mansbridge, Rick Mercer, the cast of Degrassi Junior High – as well as October 2017’s widely circulated Westender #metoo cover story entitled Hollywood North: ‘This is an abusive industry for women,’ in which Vancouver film and television insiders revealed their experiences with sexual harassment and violence at work.
Sabrina is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her books include 2011’s The Healer, as well as Men of Science Fiction, a collaboration with celebrity photographer Dennys Ilic.