Ian Tracey plays 11-year-old Peter, who is plagued by demons and sent to an institution for setting fires. Peter escapes and hops a freight train headed into northern B.C. He is befriended ... See full summary »
| A typical Canadian made production from the 1970s.
Claude Jutra's film DREAMSPEAKER(1977) is a typical Canadian made production from the 1970s. Some might take this claim as an insult but what I mean is that it fits in with the low key, humble, non-Hollywood style typical of early Canadian cinema. The film was made by a legend. The Canadian film industry awards its best new director award the Jutra Award, named after Claude. Although DREAMSPEAKER is not Jutra's masterpiece, it's a warm tale of a runaway boy who learns important life lessons from a First Nations elder. The boy is played by a young Ian Tracey who currently stars in the popular Canuck TV series "DaVinci's Inquest". Tracey won Best Actor Gemini for his starring role in "Milgaard" and his series won Best New series at the 1999 Gemini Awards. Although, George Clutesi is not very well known, he has starred in other films( I HEARD THE OWL CALL MY NAME)and is also a poet, much like the other George from the West Coast(Chief Dan). All in all, the film is well worth watching, for young and old alike as the plot spans the generations.