Allan was born in the highly industrial city of Shawinigan, Canada surrounded by chemical plants, pulp and paper mills, aluminium smelters and hydroelectric plants. The deep influence of this landscape of looming smokestacks, industrial odours, log infested rivers and hyper-surreal imagery has lead his film work to illustrate imagery that is often “contaminated'” through montage, sound, direct intervention on the film emulsion and the deconstruction and recontextualization of found footage. His works reflect a world that is distorted and fragmented. His films have won awards in such festivals as the Stuttgart Film winter, Bearded Child FF,and the flEXiff, Australia. He is a member of Volatile Works, a Montréal based media arts collective.