The Resource Passage

Passage

Label
Passage
Title
Passage
Contributor
Film director
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It was news that shook the English-speaking world. Celebrated British explorer Sir John Franklin and his crew of 128 men had perished in the Arctic ice during an ill-fated attempt to discover the Northwest Passage. More shocking, they had descended into madness and cannibalism. The report came in 1851, from John Rae, a Scottish doctor working for the Hudson's Bay Company. Travelling thousands of miles on foot and in small craft, Rae had done what six years of searching by the British, Americans, French and Russians had failed to do - discover the fate of Franklin and unlock the final link in the Passage - a 300-year-old dream. But Rae's horrific news 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 that would discredit Rae's version of events, banish him to the margins of history and mark an entire nation of northern Inuit with the horrifying label of murderous cannibals. With Passage, filmmaker John Walker employs an innovative approach to structuring the incredible multilayered story of John Rae and brings it to vibrant life. Using a unique blend of dramatic action, and behind-the-scenes documentary footage, Walker pulls back the curtain on his own research into Rae's life and that of his actors, as they determine how to portray the characters and scenes in the film. The line between real and dramatic begins to blur as we move closer and closer to the film's climax, a stunning face-to-face meeting between Charles Dickens's great-great grandson and Tagak Curley, an honoured Inuit statesman who challenges the fraudulent history. In one moment, Walker vaults the story from the past into the present and we are witness to history in the making. Set in the actual locations of Rae's journey, from his boyhood home in the remote Orkney Islands off Scotland's north coast to the epic landscape of his Arctic expeditions to the boardroom of the British Royal Navy - the centre of power of the British Empire, Passage is a story of incredible sacrifice, stunning distortion of the truth and single-minded obsession. It challenges the way we look at history
Cataloging source
NZEN
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by National Film Board of Canada in 2008
Runtime
109
Technique
live action
Label
Passage
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
kan1043303
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, 109 min.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, stereo., sound, color.
Publisher number
1043303
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)897766022
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
Passage
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
kan1043303
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, 109 min.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, stereo., sound, color.
Publisher number
1043303
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)897766022
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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