The Hole Story

The Hole Story


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In this feature documentary, Richard Desjardins and Robert Monderie continue in the same provocative vein as their earlier Forest Alert, this time turning their lens on Canada's mining industry. Using striking images, rare archival footage and interviews, The Hole Story analyzes company profits and the impact of mining on the environment and workers’ health.

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The Hole Story, Richard Desjardins & Robert Monderie, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • direction
    Richard Desjardins
    Robert Monderie
  • research
    Richard Desjardins
    Robert Monderie
    Pascale Bilodeau
  • script
    Richard Desjardins
    Robert Monderie
  • narration
    Richard Desjardins
  • camera
    Alain Dupras
    Marc Gadoury
  • aerial footage
    Rénald Bellemare
  • location sound
    Richard Lavoie
  • editing
    Hélène Girard
  • sound editing
    Claude Beaugrand
  • original music
    René Lussier
  • technical coordinator
    Richard Cliche
  • associate producer
    Maryse Chapdelaine
  • producer
    Colette Loumède
  • still photographer
    James Northon
  • dialogue editing
    Francine Poirier
  • technical support - editing
    Danielle Raymond
    Pierre Dupont
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Phyllis Lewis
  • online editing
    Denis Gathelier
    Denis Pilon
  • archival image processing
    Denis Bergeron
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • design
    Akufen Atelier créatif
  • animation
    Akufen Atelier créatif
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • narration recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • voice director
    Diane Bouchard
  • translation
    Paula McKeown
  • subtitles
    Paula McKeown
  • musician
    René Lussier
    Céline Arcand
    Alexis Basque
    Marianne Boies
    Michel Langevin
    Pierre Langevin
    Jean René
    Louis-René Rhéault
  • music recording
    Martin Messier
  • music mixing
    Martin Messier
  • re-recording
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • visual archives research
    Claire Bourbonnais
  • marketing manager
    François Jacques
  • marketing manager - assistance
    Émilie Nguyen Ngoc
  • administrator
    Johanne Dubuc
  • production coordinator
    Hélène Regimbal
    Dominique Brunet
  • administrative assistant
    Lise Lévesque

  • PierreGL

    I think this documentary was well done. The movie is focused on documenting opposition to mining companies in Canada, and it does a good job at it. However, the Hole Story does not offer a complete portrayal of the Canadian mining industry, and it shouldn't be marketed as such.

    PierreGL, 5 Oct 2015
  • Mackenna

    I wish every Canadian would watch this film and realize our politicians do not serve the interests of ordinary citizens or the society at large, just the interests of corporations. We need to elect social democrats who value the land, the people and the resources.

    Mackenna, 9 Aug 2015
  • ShawnaHogan

    Thank you. I'm ashamed to say, I had no idea this is happening in my own back yard. Now that I do know, I feel a responsibility to my children and my country to do something about it. Count me in.

    ShawnaHogan, 29 Jan 2015
  • kruscito

    @MGSharp03 -- According to the music cue sheet, the song is called 'War Down Below' and was written by Charles Angus (the MP who sings it onscreen). The rest of the score was written specifically for this film by René Lussier.

    kruscito, 8 Jan 2014
  • MGSharp03

    There is a song in this documentary with the Lyrics "we we're soldiers in the war down below" or something close. I am trying to find this song. can anyone help with this? thx.

    MGSharp03, 8 Jan 2014

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