| 1 h 53 min

With a unique blend of dramatic action and behind-the-scenes documentary footage, filmmaker John Walker shares the multi-layered story of British explorer Sir John Franklin and his crew of 128 men, who perished in the Arctic ice during an ill-fated attempt to discover the Northwest Passage, and John Rae, the Scottish doctor who in 1851, discovered their dismal fate. Rae's dark report, which described the crew’s madness and cannibalism, 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 to discredit Rae's version of events and mark an entire nation of northern Inuit with the label of murderous cannibals. A stunning face-to-face meeting between the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens and Tagak Curley, an honoured Inuit statesman who challenges the fraudulent history, vaults the story from the past into the present and we are witness to history in the making.

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  • screenplay
    Andrew Rai Berzins
  • 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
    Lisa J. Robbie
  • hair design
    Lisa J. Robbie
  • production designer
    Emanuel Jannasch
  • videographer
    Kyle Cameron
  • writer
    John Walker
  • director
    John Walker
  • producer
    Andrea Nemtin
    Kent Martin
    John Walker
  • executive producer
    Bill Nemtin
  • director of photography
    Kent Nason
  • editor
    Jeff Warren
    John Brett
  • sound
    Alex Salter
    Jim Rillie
  • music composer
    Jonathan Goldsmith
  • set designer
    Karen Toole
  • wardrobe
    Jeanie Kimber
  • researcher
    Barbara Sears
    Elizabeth Klinck
    Concetta Principe
  • sound editor
    Alex Salter
  • re-recording mixer
    Allan Scarth

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  • wemk

    In light of the discovery of HMS Erebus, this film and other factual documentaries are an important part of correcting the erroneous 'history' that has been portrayed for over 150 years. We need to reconcile the facts with the 'history' and offer sincere apologies to the Inuit peoples and Dr. John Rae for the shabby treatment they have received. My only disappointment with this film was the inability to read/decipher the credits at the end. Hats off to the NFB and producers.

    wemk, 24 Apr 2016
  • waterlou25

    Wow, this film was very good! I had never heard about this story before and it was great to hear about it in such a way. Having reenactments as well as present-day footage of the people filming gives much more of an emotional impact. The scene at the end in the conference room was very heartwarming.

    waterlou25, 29 Sep 2014