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Author: National Film Board of Canada.; PTV Productions Inc.; John Walker Productions Ltd.
Publisher: Montreal : National Film Board of Canada ; Toronto : PTV Productions Inc. ; Toronto : John Walker Productions Ltd., 2008.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It was news that shook the English-speaking world. Celebrated British explorer Sir John Franklin and his crew of 128 men had perished in the Arctic ice during an ill-fated attempt to discover the Northwest Passage. More shocking, they had descended into madness and cannibalism. The report came in 1851, from John Rae, a Scottish doctor working for the Hudson's Bay Company. Travelling thousands of miles on foot and in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Documentary films
Short films
Named Person: John Rae; John Franklin; John Franklin; John Rae
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: National Film Board of Canada.; PTV Productions Inc.; John Walker Productions Ltd.
OCLC Number: 820118357
Notes: Produced by PTV Productions and John Walker Productions in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada, with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund, Rogers Documentary Fund and Film Nova Scotia, in association with History Television, BBC Scotland, Nova Scotia Film Industry Tax Credit, OMDC, and CAVCO. ; Atlantic Centre.
Credits: Writer/director, John Walker ; producer, Andrea Nemtin, Kent Martin, John Walker ; director of photography, Kent Nason ; editor, Jeff Warren, John Brett ; sound, Alex Salter, Jim Rillie ; music composer, Jonathan Goldsmith ; cast, Rick Roberts, Geraldine Alexander, David Acton, Andrew Alston, Shaun Austin-Olsen, Nigel Bennett, Alistair Findlay, Colin George, Patrick Godfrey, Simon Slater, James Wallace, Guy Oliver-Watts, Gerald Dickens ; videographer, Marlene Rassmusen ; advisor, Bernadette Dean ; camera operator, Becky Parsons ; costume design, Sue Thomson ; wardrobe, Emma Fryer ; makeup/hair design, Lisa J. Robbie ; production designer, Emanuel Jannasch ; videographer, Kyle Cameron ; set designer, Karen Toole ; wardrobe, Jeanie Kimber ; researcher, Barbara Sears, Elizabeth Klinck, Concetta Principe ; sound editor, Alex Salter ; re-recording mixer, Allan Scarth.
Target Audience: 13-17.
Description: 1 online resource (1 streaming video file (8 min.))
Responsibility: National Film Board of Canada.

Abstract:

It was news that shook the English-speaking world. Celebrated British explorer Sir John Franklin and his crew of 128 men had perished in the Arctic ice during an ill-fated attempt to discover the Northwest Passage. More shocking, they had descended into madness and cannibalism. The report came in 1851, from John Rae, a Scottish doctor working for the Hudson's Bay Company. Travelling thousands of miles on foot and in small craft, Rae had done what six years of searching by the British, Americans, French and Russians had failed to do - discover the fate of Franklin and unlock the final link in the Passage - a 300-year-old dream. But Rae's horrific news did not sit well with Sir John's widow, Lady Franklin, nor with many others in British society, including Charles Dickens. They waged a bitter public campaign that would discredit Rae's version of events, banish him to the margins of history and mark an entire nation of northern Inuit with the horrifying label of murderous cannibals. With Passage, filmmaker John Walker employs an innovative approach to structuring the incredible multilayered story of John Rae and brings it to vibrant life. Using a unique blend of dramatic action, and behind-the-scenes documentary footage, Walker pulls back the curtain on his own research into Rae's life and that of his actors, as they determine how to portray the characters and scenes in the film. The line between real and dramatic begins to blur as we move closer and closer to the film's cilimax, a stunning face-to-face meeting between Charles Dickens's great-great grandson and Tagak Curley, an honoured Inuit statesman who challenges the fraudulent history. In one moment, Walker vaults the story from the past into the present and we are witness to history in the making. Set in the actual locations of Rae's journey, from his boyhood home in the remote Orkney Islands off Scotland's north coast to the epic landscape of his Arctic expeditions to the boardroom of the British Royal Navy - the centre of power of the British Empire, Passage is a story of incredible sacrifice, stunning distortion of the truth and single-minded obsession. It challenges the way we look at history.

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