The Spell of the Yukon

This short 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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Film Credits

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

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