The Image Before Us: A History of Film in British Columbia – The Finale
Screening Dates
  • February 22, 2023 8:45

“[A] beautiful film translation of the Margaret Craven book.”

Leonard Maltin

A young Anglican priest is assigned to a remote Kwakwaka’wakw (formerly Kwakiutl) community in British Columbia in Vancouver-born producer-director Daryl Duke’s much-loved telefilm, adapted from the best-selling novel by American author Margaret Craven. English actor Tom Courtenay has the lead, Dean Jagger plays his bishop, and local First Nations performers Marianne Jones, Paul Stanley, and George Clutesi top the supporting cast. Craven’s book was based on her experiences visiting Kingcome (aka Gwa’yi), the story’s setting, and other Kwakwaka’wakw villages on B.C.’s coast. In 2003, Duke, a central figure in local filmmaking and broadcasting (he co-founded CKVU-TV, now Citytv Vancouver), became the first Western Canadian to win the Directors Guild of Canada’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

I Heard the Owl Call My Name was one of the more startling revelations of this series, and we are excited to be able to present it to our audiences once more. A moving lead performance by British New Wave actor Tom Courtney (Billy Liar, Doctor Zhivago) is grounded in the authenticity of place and people on the west coast of British Columbia.”
Harry Killas