Empress of Ireland movie


James Hill

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do you think they will ever make a movie on her it would touch a lot of people because of the death toll,heroism and aftermath.well thats what i think.
 
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I doubt it James because it does not hold the public's interest the way the story of the Titanic does. They don't call her Forgotten Empress for nothing!
 
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Well, Merlin films have made a film about the Empress (I was at the premiere)they hope to sell it to somewhere like The Discovery Channel.
 
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Gavin Murphy

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.......in fact, Geoff, I understand that they have revised it and made it better (?) in hopes of selling it......
 
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Yes, that's right Gavin.....I don't think there are any major changes (it still sank!) also, the Musee de la Mer now shows a short Empress film to its visitors - I was there about three weeks ago and it was well accepted by those who saw it

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The Musee de la Mer had a small exhibit about the Empress of Ireland in Montreal during the Canada Day celebrations a few weeks ago . It was a nice exhibit to see since I didn't make it to the museum. Geoff, how did you enjoy your visit to Montreal and Quebec City? I thought by going to these northern locales, we could escape some of the heat in North Carolina. Not a chance, it was so hot there the whole time we were there
 
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Darren, I've been back three weeks and am still drying out! I've visited Montreal before but not Quebec - we thought it was fabulous. We visited Grosse Isle too which was quite moving, and the wood carvings in the villages along the St Lawrence were just incredible.
I've visited some hot countries before - but this trip was something else!!!


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I couldn't believe how hot it was in Quebec City. Quebec City is really a unique city. I have read that it is the most European looking city in North America. Do you agree with that statement Geoff? Although Quebec City was very nice, during our trip the air was so stagnant and very hazy. I thought I was going to have heat exhaustion in Montreal on top of Mount Royal trying to find Charles Hays gravesite. I am glad you enjoyed your trip.
 
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Yes Darren, I would agree with you, every corner seemed to lead to a totally different scene, squares like in France & Belgium,short, flower filled streets such as you would find in Britain - you could almost believe you were anywhere!
The heat was just incredible, and as you say, mount Royal was at its hottest which impaired the otherwise fabulous views. I'd "done" the Cemetery before however so knew where everything was!
Can't wait to go back though!!

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Hi Darren and Geoff,

Darren: I happen to agree with you as well on Quebec City being the most European city in North America.

That's grand that you both enjoyed your trips, even though the weather was hot.

Best regards,

Jason
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Neil McRae

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Unlike the Titanic which took over two hours to go down, the Empress sunk in only 14 minutes. It would be a pretty short movie! (Yes, I suppose you could have some stuff before and after).
 
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Daniel Odysseus

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Yes, but what IS there to add before? It was on the beginning of its voyage when it sank. Just the length of the trip and sinking itself would make it not a very good movie.
 

Dave Gittins

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I've been reading Forgotten Empress and I see no reason why a movie could not be made. It could be called Crippen's Curse because the murderer Dr Crippen, who was caught after being recognised by Captain Kendall on another ship, is said to have cursed him. :->

Although the ship sank quickly, quite a bit is known about events on board and there is material for romance, as well as adventure. I especially like the 8-year-old girl who kept her head and swam to safety. There's a lot of human interest, such as the large group of Salvation Army members, most of whom were lost. There were some of the rather rich and the almost famous on board, such as the actor, Lawrence Irving. Then there's the inquiry, with our old friend, Lord Mersey.

I think a very good movie could be made and it would be of reasonable length, which is more than can be said for Cameron's bum-numbing opus. The one thing it would lack is the magical name of Titanic. That would spook the financers.
 
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Gavin Murphy

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Query: Practically speaking, how could you make a movie on a Canadian diaster a financial success?
 
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Gavin Murphy

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Not a movie but a documentary:

Geoff W, David Z or anyone else,

Is there any news on the re-make or release of the EofI documentary that was shown at the 2000 TI convention in Mtl? (Forgive me, the name escapes me at the moment.)

I haven't heard anything. Have you folks?

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