Reproductions and links to paintings, photographs, and films of Anahareo and Grey Owl

In Film & Radio

Following is a list of films and documentaries featuring or related to Grey Owl and Anahareo, in order of production date. Where video or audio is available online, links are provided for your convenience.

• Feature Films    Documentary & Short Films    • Amateur Films    • Television    • Radio & Audio

Feature Films

Grey Owl (1999). Length 01:57:00 Directed by Richard Attenborough. Beaver Productions / Ajawaan Productions. This feature film about Grey Owl and Anahareo starred Pierce Brosnan and Annie Galipeau, and was filmed in the Ottawa Valley, at Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan, and Hastings, England. Director Sir Richard Attenborough was a long-time admirer of Grey Owl's, having attended one of his lectures in 1936. Grey Owl Society founder Dr. Colin Taylor was a consultant on the film, and, although the movie received mixed reviews, Anahareo's son-in-law, Bob Richardson once commented that he felt that Attenborough had done a "top-notch" job with the film. SEE THE TRAILER.

Documentary & Short Films

Beaver People (1930). Length 00:08:51. Directed by William J. Oliver. National Parks of Canada, Department of Mines and Resources. This silent film shows Grey Owl and Anahareo with their beavers. Intertitles explain the popularily of the beaver as a national emblem of Canada, its place in Canada's history, and threats to the beaver population due to "ruthless greed and slaughter." Copyright expired.

Pilgrims of the Wild (1930). Length: 00:10:00. Directed by William J. Oliver. National Parks of Canada. This silent film shows Anahareo and Grey Owl with their beavers. Includes shots of Grey Owl portaging, Anahareo preparing camp, Grey Owl and Anahareo strolling in the woods, and shots of their animal friends. Copyright expired.

Beaver Family (1931). Length 00:16:36. Directed by William J. Oliver. National Parks of Canada, Department of Mines and Resources. This silent film shows Grey Owl interacting with a family of beavers at work and play. Copyright expired.

Grey Owl's Little Brother (1932). Length 00:10:30. Directed by Gordon Sparling. Associated Screen News, Ltd. The story of the friendship between Grey Owl and a beaver. Sheltered and fed by Grey Owl through babyhood, the little beaver is reluctant to return to his own people, but when he does, Grey Owl is adopted by the entire beaver tribe. The film shows Grey Owl playing with his beaver friends and re-enacting the finding of the baby beaver. Copyright: Library and Archives Canada, to December 31 2044 (licence acquired).

Strange Doings in Beaverland (1932). Length 00:10:00. Directed by William J. Oliver. National Parks of Canada, Department of Mines and Resources. This silent film shows Grey Owl and his beaver in Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan. The ingenuity and industry of the beaver are highlighted, as is Grey Owl's ability to break the barriers of distrust between man and wild animal. Copyright expired.

Grey Owl's Neighbours (1933). Directed by William J. Oliver. National Parks of Canada, Department of Mines and Resources. This silent film shows Grey Owl with a number of animals and birds in Prince Albert National Park, Saskatchewan. Copyright expired.

Grey Owl's Strange Guests (1933). Length 00:09:33. Directed by Gordon Sparling. Associated Screen News, Ltd. This film shows Grey Owl and his beaver friends in Prince Albert National Park. The beaver's working day, his night shift, his lunch hour, and his unexpected sense of humour make a delightful story. Copyright: Library and Archives Canada, to December 31 2044 (licence acquired).

The Trail: Men Against the Snow (1937). Length 00:13:17. Directed by Grey Owl. Booth Canadian Films, Ltd. This documentary about Grey Owl and fellow campers in the bush in winter shows travel by dog sled and snowshoes; caring for equipment and the dogs; selecting a campsite; building a shelter; cutting through the ice to get water; mealtime; making a fire; and other winter bush survival skills. Copyright expired.

Amateur Films

Winter Moose Hunt: Metagama, Ontario (date unknown). Length: 00:10:00. Amateur footage of wildlife scenes in Northern Ontario. Seen are: Biscotasing station, Ontario with a train departing; walleyes; a freshly pulled bearskin; a winter moose hunt; a bear awakened from his winter sleep; a horse-drawn sleigh; and Grey Owl's wife, Anahareo. Under copyright.

Témiscouata Scenes (date unknown). Length: 00:10:00. Amateur footage of life in the Témiscouata area of Quebec. Seen are: Anahareo and Grey Owl at their winter camp 6 miles north of Cabano; the village of Cabano; deer; construction of a dam near Dégelis; and others. Under copyright.


The Pierre Berton Show: Anahareo, My Life with Grey Owl (1972). Length 00:29:30. Columbia Pictures Television Canada. Celebrated Canadian author and journalist Pierre Berton's interview with Anahareo. Copyright: Sony Pictures Television.

My Country: Episode 128 - Grey Owl (1973). Length 00:30:00. My Country Productions, inc. Directed by Michael Rothery. Host Pierre Berton. Pierre Berton tells the story of Archie Belaney, an Englishman who pretended a Canadian aboriginal called Grey Owl.

Man at the Center: Grey Owl (1972). Length 00:30:00. Produced by Nancy Ryley. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Through stills, archival footage, and interviews, this documentary provides a glimpse into the life of a man who chose to adopt a First Nations identity despite his English origin. Quotations from Grey Owl's writings accompany archival footage of camping trips with Anahareo; his life at Beaver Lodge in Prince Albert National Park; his articles and books; and headlines proclaiming his life as a "hoax." Copyright: CBC. A portion of the documentary may be viewed here, courtesy of the CBC Digital Archives (note: external link).

Take 30 (1975). Length 00:30:00. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). In this episode of this popular public affairs program, host Mary Lou Finlay talks with Anahareo about her promotion of a "humane" trap as opposed to the traditional traps. Anahareo also discusses her life, trapping, and her new career. Aired November 17, 1975. Many Take 30 episodes can be viewed courtesy of the CBC Digital Archives, but this episode is not currently among them.