A tragicomedy of geological proportions about corporate greed, ecological disaster, hairbrained government, and the survival of a community.

David Vaisbord embarks on a journey to Britannia Beach seeking to uncover what lies beneath the surface of a forgotten and derelict mining town. The resulting film reveals a hidden community surviving under the shadow of North America’s worst source of heavy metal pollution. It is a personal journey from first impressions to a compassionate understanding of a mining town’s people, their dreams and their fears for the future.

Format: Digital Video
Running Time: 48 minute or 55 minute versions
Writer/Director: David Vaisbord
Producer(s): Trish Dolman, Selwyn Jacob (NFB)
Co-Producer(s): David Vaisbord
Photography: Britannia Mine, David Vaisbord | No Drinking Sign, Mitch Anderson | Philip “Scotty” Graham, David Vaisbord | Old Mine Tools, Trish Dolman | Lynne Cook, David Vaisbord


2002 Awards & Nominations

  • Nominated for Best Documentary – Yorkton Film and Video Festival


2008 Screenings

  • Gala Screening with David Suzuki and Evan Solomon at Planet in Focus:
  • Toronto International Environmental Film and Video Festival – Toronto, ON
  • DOXA International Documentary Festival – Vancouver, BC
  • SCN – Canada
  • Knowledge Network – Canada
  • TVOntario – Canada



A Screen Siren Pictures and National Film Board of Canada co-production, in association with CTV, TV Ontario, BC Film, and the Rogers Documentary Fund, with the participation of the Government of Canada Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit Program and the Government of British Columbia Film Incentive BC Program.


Britannia: A Company Town

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