The Spell of the Yukon

The Spell of the Yukon

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This documentary tells the haunting story of the Klondike Gold Rush in legendary Dawson City. Peppered with Robert Service poems read by New Zealand-born Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, the film recounts how stampedes of fortune seekers came to the Yukon from far and wide in 1897. Less than half of the 100,000 adventurers ever finished the treacherous journey. Archival photographs re-create the saga of the Klondike, including stories from the deadly Chilkoot Pass and Dawson City itself, where fortunes were made and lost overnight. With a personal stake and a sense of wonder, filmmaker Rita Roy discovers a territory still vibrant with legends, and miners still panning for gold under the spell of the harsh yet stunning wilderness.

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Credits
  • director
    Rita Roy
  • script
    Rita Roy
  • editing
    Rita Roy
  • narrator
    Rita Roy
  • producer
    Rita Roy
    Sam Grana
  • executive producer
    Don Haig
  • camera
    Wayne James
  • animation camera
    Barry Perles
  • sound
    Raymond Vermette
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • music
    Milan Kymlicka

  • MCC

    Fascinating film. The Robert Service poem extracts - pure gold!

    MCC, 25 Aug 2015