Hadwin’s Judgement

An international co-production between Passion Planet and True West Films, in association with The National Film Board of Canada.

Premiere: HotDocs 2015

AWARDS: Winner: Best Canadian Film Award, Vancouver Mountain Film Festival 2016 | Winner: Best Film Mountain Environment & Natural History, Banff Mountain Film Festival 2015 | Nominated: Best Feature Documentary, Canadian Screen Awards 2016 | Nominated: Best Cinematography in a Feature Documentary, Canadian Screen Awards 2016

Director

Sasha Snow

Producers

David Allen | David Christensen | Yves Ma | Elizabeth Yake

Editors

Gareth C. Scales | Ben Stark

Co producer

George Chignell

A docu-drama based on the story told in the award winning book 'The Golden Spruce', this film tracks the events which lead up to the catastrophic destruction of North America’s most precious tree. An environmental thriller set in the wilderness of Canada’s Pacific North West. This is the true story of how one man dared to challenge the destruction of the World’s last great temperate rainforest. Grant Hadwin may have instigated the salvation of the forest with his terrorist act, but his story ends in madness and self-destruction and raises the age old question: can the end justify the means?


“Compulsively watchable”
GLOBE & MAIL

“This beautifully shot film leaves a lasting impression right from the start. Interweaving myth, complex characters and reality. This film transports the audience into the heart of the British Columbia forest in what becomes a truly compelling hybrid of drama and documentary.”
Jury Statement, VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL

“This film is no polemic. By framing Hadwin’s eventual disappearance with the Haida legend of a man who emerges from the sea ‘with a warning’, Snow taps into an ancient current where the liminal human experience has a powerful logic of its own. The so-called rational world reared back in horror at Hadwin’s desperate, megalomaniacal, soulful act. But his basic question, why weep for one spruce while slaughtering all the others, is a challenge that exposes ‘rationality’ as yet another form of delusion.”
THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT

“A magisterial environmental indictment as well as being a cinematic work of pure beauty.”
SEQUENCES, LA REVUE DE CINEMA