imagineNATIVE Film Festival


The Last Explorer

2008, Canada, 75 min, Beta SP
Director: Neil Diamond, Ernest Webb

World Premiere

Presented as part of:
The Last Explorer
Oct 17 2008, 9:00PM
Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Avenue



Filmmaker Neil Diamond explores the fascinating story of George Elson, his great uncle and one of Canada’s unsung heroes. This entertaining docu-drama recounts the 1905 expedition led by Elson (played by Nathaniel Arcand) to map Labrador, then the last uncharted region of North America. What we discover is a sweeping story of adventure, adversity, and forbidden love.
Neil Diamond hails from the Cree community of Waskaganish, on the coast of James Bay. His recent credits include The Last Explorer (2009), which premiered at imagineNATIVE 2008, One More River (2004), and Heavy Metal: A Mining Disaster in Northern Quebec (2004). The latter won the Audience Pick prize at Norway’s Riddu Riddu Festival. His 2001 directorial debut, Cree Spoken Here, garnered the Telefilm/APTN award for Best Aboriginal Documentary. In 1993 Diamond co-founded The Nation, the first news magazine to serve the Cree of Northern Quebec and Ontario. Neil is a creative member of Rezolution Pictures in Montreal.