Men of the Deeps


TIFF Bell Lightbox 4 Sat, May 5, 2018 3:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:Focus On John Walker
Film Subjects:Canada
Labour & Working People
Music & Musicians
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):John Walker
Producer(s):John Walker
Terry Greenlaw
Kent Martin
Editor(s):Hannele Halm
Writer(s):John Walker
Cinematography:John Walker
Composer:Men of the Deeps
Sound:Alex Salter


As the last coal mine in Cape Breton prepares to close, bringing to an end a 300-year tradition, men in a world-renowned choir of working and retired coal miners sing passionately about lives spent deep underground. The camera plunges through narrow tunnels that wind 12 miles under the sea to the heart of the mine, revealing the camaraderie that's forged by hard physical labour and danger, before it rises again to portray the daily lives of the men's families and communities on the surface. The men's powerful voices shape the film, memorializing those lost in past mining disasters and capturing the rhythms of Cape Breton's musical soul. Empowering, inspiring and elegiac to a passing way of life, Men of the Deeps reveals director John Walker's profound respect for the love between working men in this celebration of their humour, wisdom and relationships. Lynne Fernie

A 25-minute discussion with the director will follow the screening.

Co-presented with The Royal Conservatory of Music.

Additional Information

POV - "The POV Interview: John Walker, Part One"

POV - "The POV Interview: John Walker, Part Two."