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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John Walker
John Walker
Andrea Nemtin
Kent Martin
John Walker
executive producer
Bill Nemtin
director of photography
Kent Nason
Jeff Warren
John Brett
Alex Salter
Jim Rillie
music composer
Jonathan Goldsmith
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
Marlene Rassmusen
Bernadette Dean
camera operator
Becky Parsons
costume design
Sue Thomson
Emma Fryer
Lisa J. Robbie
hair design
Lisa J. Robbie
production designer
Emanuel Jannasch
Kyle Cameron
set designer
Karen Toole
Jeanie Kimber
Barbara Sears
Elizabeth Klinck
Concetta Principe
sound editor
Alex Salter
re-recording mixer
Allan Scarth


  • 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

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