Hadwin's Judgement

(UK, Canada, 2015, 88 mins, DCP)
FEATURING Doug Chapman, Kayla Wilson
EXEC David Christensen, Tracey Friesen, Ron Mann, Andrew Ruhemann
PROD Elizabeth Yake, David Allen, David Christensen, Yves J. Ma
SCR Sasha Snow
CAM Sasha Snow, Simon Schneider
ED Gareth C. Scales, Ben Stark
MUS Jack Ketch
PROD CO True West Films / Passion Planet / NFB


Valorized with great skill and insight by John Vaillant in his Governor General’s Award–winning book The Golden Spruce, Grant Hadwin’s story now becomes a powerful drama/documentary hybrid.

Hadwin was a born-and-bred BC boy. He loved the forest and lived for the great outdoors. So, he instinctively looked for employment that allowed him free rein and full access to it. And naturally, in days like these, that meant working for the timber industry. Grant’s expertise and facility initially found favour and he was trusted to scout the backwoods and chart out the most likely logging roads. Of course, it was only a matter of time before he realized he was inextricably implicated in the destruction of the very thing he loved. As his efforts to steer the industry towards a more sustainable approach fell on deaf ears, disillusionment set in. He dropped out. Agitated for change. And eventually, fatefully, he became an eco-terrorist, committing what for many remains an unforgivable act…

Artfully reconstructing Hadwin’s physical, spiritual and political journey, Sasha Stone reminds us how much is at stake in our own backyard. With commentary from John Vaillant, as well as from people who knew Hadwin personally, this is a balanced and fair-minded account of a highly controversial figure, but nevertheless a movie that presses the case for greater oversight and environmental awareness.

"Gorgeously photographed, compulsively watchable and deeply sympathetic."James Adams, Globe & Mail

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