Film Festival

  • 25 Sep 2015
  • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Lion's Den, Rink Road Twillingate

An evening of Newfoundland films.  

The feature film for the night is Anne Troake's film, My Ancestors Were Rogues and Murderers, a film produced with the National Film Board of Canada.

Also on the list are two delightful Newfoundland short films:

  The Grocery Bus (producer Linda Fitspatrick)

  Lynn and Harriet (producer Linda Fitspatrick)

This feature documentary is a thoughtful contribution to the debate on Canada's seal hunt.  This film has a special meaning for Twillingate. 

My Ancestors were Rogues and Murderers, a film by Anne Troake

My Ancestors Were Rogues and Murderers tells the story of Elsie Troake-Drover and her extended family of Twillingate, Newfoundland. It is especially the story of the seal-hunt, and how its far-flung detractors, together with local participants, especially Twillingate activist and sealer Gary Troake, all played their parts in shaping the hunt's image in the world, here and beyond our shores.

"An exploration of the unique culture of Newfoundland's outports, the film revisits the PR coup that launched the animal rights movement onto the international stage:  the 1977 Newfoundland, orchestrated by the International Fund for Animal Welfare, of French actress turned animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot to protest the area's ancestral sealing activities.  Soon inhabitants of the island's northern outports were being introduced to the world as the epitome of brutality."

Tickets are $15 and are available online or at the Festival Office at 152 Toulinguet Street, Twillingate or by phone (709)884-1427 or email.

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