John Walker's Passage

By Darrell Varga

© 2012

John Walker is one of Canada's most prolific and important documentary filmmakers and is known for his many thoughtful, personally inflected films. His masterwork, Passage, centres on Sir John Franklin's failed expedition to find the final link of the Northwest Passage connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the Canadian Arctic. It also gives us the story of John Rae, the Scottish explorer who discovered the fate of Franklin and the final link in the passage, but was left to the margins of history. Walker's film brings to this story a layering of dramatic action and behind-the-scenes documentary footage that build tension between the story of the past and interpretations of the present.

Darrell Varga provides a close analysis of Passage, situating it within Walker's rich body of work and the Canadian documentary tradition. Varga illuminates how the film can be viewed through the lens of Harold Innis's theories of communication and culture, opening up the work of this great Canadian political economist to film studies.

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  • Series: Canadian Cinema
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  • Page Count: 152 pages
  • Illustrations: 15
  • Dimensions: 5.3in x 0.5in x 7.5in
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Varga illuminates how the film can be viewed through the lens of Harold Innis's theories of communication and culture, opening up the work of this great Canadian political economist to film studies.

John Walker's Passage

By Darrell Varga

© 2012

John Walker is one of Canada's most prolific and important documentary filmmakers and is known for his many thoughtful, personally inflected films. His masterwork, Passage, centres on Sir John Franklin's failed expedition to find the final link of the Northwest Passage connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the Canadian Arctic. It also gives us the story of John Rae, the Scottish explorer who discovered the fate of Franklin and the final link in the passage, but was left to the margins of history. Walker's film brings to this story a layering of dramatic action and behind-the-scenes documentary footage that build tension between the story of the past and interpretations of the present.

Darrell Varga provides a close analysis of Passage, situating it within Walker's rich body of work and the Canadian documentary tradition. Varga illuminates how the film can be viewed through the lens of Harold Innis's theories of communication and culture, opening up the work of this great Canadian political economist to film studies.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Canadian Cinema
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 152 pages
  • Illustrations: 15
  • Dimensions: 5.3in x 0.5in x 7.5in
  • Reviews

    ‘John Walker’s Passage makes a valuable contribution to contemporary film studies, reflecting on the definitive work of one of Canada’s finest documentary film makers… Passage weaves together documentary and drama to delve deeper into the complex nature of truth, history, and representation.’


    Matthew Tegelberg
    Canadian Journal of Communication, vol 38:03:2013
  • Author Information

    Darrell Varga is a filmmaker and educator living in Halifax. He holds a Canada Research Chair Award in Film Studies.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments 

    Introduction 

    1 The Filmmaker 

    2 Early Films and Shifting Aesthetics 

    3 Passage: The Film 

    4 Discovering Innis 

    Production Credits 

    Awards 

    Annotated John Walker Filmography 

    Related Viewing 

    Notes 

    Selected Bibliography 

    Passage Distribution 

    Index

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