WIN a double pass to THE GRIZZLIES, the award-winning drama and inspiring true story, hitting screens across Australia from 18 March.
The inspiring true story of THE GRIZZLIES features raw performances from its young Indigenous cast, it’s the perfect uplifting film to captivate audiences of any age. The award-winning drama explores how a group of Inuit high school students living in Kugluktuk transform their lives and community after their teacher starts a youth lacrosse team.
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The award-winning drama explores how a group of Inuit high school students living in Kugluktuk, a small arctic town with the highest teen suicide rate in North America, transform their lives and community after their teacher starts a youth lacrosse team.
The film also delves into the effects of issues like inter-generational trauma on First Peoples communities, highlighting the adversities the real life Grizzlies and their community overcame to bring the teen suicide rate down to zero in Kugluktuk.
Nearly two decades after it began, the Grizzlies program is still going to this day.
Following its premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in 2018, THE GRIZZLIES won the Audience Awards at the Palm Springs and Calgary International Film Festivals, the People’s Choice Award at Kingston Canadian Film Festival 2019 and the Directors Guild of Canada Award for Best Direction of a Feature Film.
More than 600 youth in over 25 communities across Nunavut and the Northwest Territories auditioned for roles in the film. Amongst this group were cast members Paul Nutarariaq and Anna Lambe who received Canadian Screen Award nominations for their roles in 2019.
THE GRIZZLIES is Miranda de Pencier’s (Anne with an E) feature length directorial debut and was made in creative collaboration with Inuit producers Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Stacey Aglok MacDonald.
A paid mentorship program invited Inuit actors, crew, musicians and other creative collaborators to participate, and in the end, more than 91 percent of the cast and more than 33 percent of the crew were Inuit or Indigenous.