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George’s Island

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George's Island, image,
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89 minutes – Drama, Family
Language: English
Release date: July 21, 1989
Production companies: Salter Street Films, National Film Board of Canada
Canadian distributor: Astral Films

George Waters is 10-years-old and lives in a rundown home near Halifax Harbour with his wheelchair-bound former sailer grandfather Captain Waters (Scottish actor Ian Bannen). Fond of telling ghost stories, one day he spins out a yarn about the time he saw Captain Kidd’s ghost on nearby George’s Island (a real island in Halifax Harbour) where Kidd’s supposed buried treasure might be found. When George retells this story in school he is punished by his teacher Miss Birdwood (Sheila McCarthy), who believes George’s odd behaviour can be traced to his grandfather. Placed with a foster family, George is kept locked in a basement cell. When Halloween night arrives, George and another adoptee, Bonnie (Vickie Ridler), escape with Captain Waters and head for George’s Island. A chase ensues but the noise awakens the ghosts of Captain Kidd and his men, who must defend their chest of gold.

George’s Island was named Best Live-Action Film at the 1990 Chicago International Festival of Children’s Films
The poster is scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.

Crew:

Producer:

Maura O’Connell

Executive Producer:

Maura O’Connell
Paul Donovan
J. William Ritchie

Co-Producer:

Stefan Wodoslawsky

Associate Producer:

Bob Hicks

Director:

Paul Donovan

Screenwriter:

Maura O’Connell
Paul Donovan

Cinematographer:

Les Krizsan

Editor:

Stephan Fanfara

Composer:

Marty Simon

Production Designer:

Bill Fleming

Art Director:

Judy Arsenault (Set Decoration)

Cast: Roles:

Ian Bannen
Sheila McCarthy
Maury Chaykin
Nathaniel Moreau
Vickie Ridler
Brian Downey
Irene Hogan
Gary Reineke
Chas Lawther
Avery Saltzman
Gary Vermeir
Scott Owen
Ken Strong
Anna Cameron
Joseph Rutten
Robyn Stevan
Dawson White
Alan MacGillivray
Jeff Pustil
Nick Budreski
Holden Jess
John Fulton
Linda Busby
Tina Cross

Captain Waters
Miss Birdwood
Mr. Droonfield
George Waters
Bonnie
Mr. Beane
Mrs. Beane
Captain Kidd
Blinky
Buntwhip
Jellybee
Petey
Jinkson
Judge
Leech
Miss Plivder
Archie
Roddy
Buboe
Fifi
Gordy
Policeman
Policewoman
Hooligan