Shining a light on the Northwest Territories: Kirsten Carthew & The Sun at Midnight (article also available in French)

For Kirsten Carthew, her first feature film The Sun at Midnight was an opportunity to show off more than just her skills as a writer, producer and director. This was an opportunity to show the world the spectacular landscape, colours and beauty of Canada’s Northwest Territories – an area which has been hidden from the feature film world until now. “I wanted to make the film because I love that part of the Northwest Territories, and I really wanted to show it and share it with other people, it’s so cinematic,” Carthew told Canada Down Under. “This is first feature film from the Northwest Territories, and really it was just an amazing opportunity to make a film, supported by Telefilm Canada, which is the Government of Canada, as well as our territorial government and our partners with the Gwich’in Tribal Councils.” Her film tells the story of an unexpected friendship between 16-year old runaway urban princess Lia, played by Devery Jacobs, and Gwich’in hunter Alfred, played by Duane Howard. With central themes of environment and indigenous rights, Carthew said it was vital she got support from the local community to make then film.   Read full article here:...

The Sun At Midnight – The Kirsten Carthew Interview

2017 SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL: The vast, magnificent country of Canada’s Northwest Territories is home to the Gwich’in people, an indigenous population whose relationship with the flora and fauna of the unforgiving landscape dates back many centuries. In The Sun at Midnight, director Kirsten Carthew utilises the backdrop of the land and its people to tell a deeply affecting coming-of-age tale, in which a teenage girl of Gwich’in ancestry (played by Devery Jacobs) must reconnect with her heritage to survive in the Arctic Circle wilderness. “Immersion in nature supports self-discovery and mental wellness,” says Carthew, whose semi-autobiographical narrative and stunning imagery represents a remarkable debut feature. Ahead of her film’s Australian premiere at the Sydney Film Festival, Kirsten Carthew (pictured, below) spoke with SCREEN-SPACE from Berlin, where she is accompanying the film on its international festival rollout… Full...