A doc on the arrest and disappearance of a logger and survivalist, who was accused of destroying a 300-year-old tree that was sacred to the indigenous people of Northwest Canada, has claimed the first Bamboo Shoots Documentary Prize.
Hadwin’s Judgement: The Making Of An Environmental Terrorist tells the story of Grant Hadwin, who was accused of cutting down the Golden Spruce sacred to the Haida Nation, as a protest against the logging industry. Before his trial, he disappeared and was never seen again.
The doc will be directed by Sasha Snow and produced by Elizabeth Yake (Everything’s Gone Green, It’s All Gone Pete Tong) of BC-based True West Films. Hadwin’s Judgement is an 80% Canadian – 20% UK copro between True West and London-based Passion Pictures. The National Film Board of Canada is also on board as coproducer.
The Bamboo Shoots Documentary Prize was started by Angel Entertainment’s Wally Start and Bob Crowe as a way of celebrating their acquisition of Bamboo Shoots, a factual and post production company.
Crowe said: “We were thrilled with the quality of the documentary prize applications we received. Canadian filmmakers are known for their first class documentaries, and our selection process was not easy. This UK coproduction will be taking a fascinating Canadian story to the wider world and we’re proud to be a small part of it.”