Savonna Spracklin on the set of “Telegraph Cove” performing the lead role in her first production.

Prince Rupert actress is in three-part web series

A blossoming actress with Prince Rupert roots recently starred in her first production “Telegraph Cove” a three-part web series

A blossoming actress with Prince Rupert roots recently starred in her first production “Telegraph Cove” a three-part web series.

Savonna Spracklin moved from the North Coast when she was 20-years-old to study acting at the Vancouver Film School, where she is currently a teaching assistant.

She paused before pursuing acting after she graduated in 2011. Then she met Darren Borrowman, the writer and director of “Telegraph Cove.”

He encouraged her to audition for the role and she got the main part as Anna, the co-owner and operator of a seasonal wildlife tour company. She goes in search for her husband who goes missing on a private end-of-the-season film charter.

“It’s an emotionally deep story for Anna and it was my first production so I put some pressure on myself,” Spracklin said.

They only had four days to film in Telegraph Cove on the northern tip of Vancouver Island during a torrential storm last October.

To prepare for her character, Spracklin studied nautical charts, got certified to pilot a small watercraft in open water and learned marine radio protocols.

“I don’t think I could have done this role without growing up in Prince Rupert. It’s a big part of who I am,” she said. “There were storytellers in my family on both sides.” She was also prepared for the stormy weather.

The Nisga’a woman still has family in Prince Rupert, and she often visits.

The story of the film has elements of mystery and suspense. Borrowman grew up in Telegraph Cove and his family started the first whale watching company in 1980 with a 20 metre long wooden-hulled boat, the M.V. Gikumi. When his father mentioned he was planning to sell the Gikumi, he pursued his dream to do a film with the boat before it was too late.

“The Gikumi has been in my family for my entire life and Telegraph Cove was where my passion for filmmaking began. They carry a lot of memories, so I wanted to include them both as a character in the story,” Borrowman said.

The three-part film was produced by Borrowtime Films, a Vancouver based company. This series was completely independent with no funding and it’s available on Vimeo. The last episode was released on Nov. 14.

Watch the show here.

Just Posted

B.C’s salmon advisory council comes to Rupert, skips Terrace

Public engagement tour excludes all non-coastal communities

Oil tanker ban to be reviewed by committee

Indigenous groups for and against Bill C-48 travel to Ottawa to influence the Senate’s decision

Tyler Dozzi breaks national record, ‘running like a madman’

Terrace runner sets new time in Boston in his last U20 race

Most intervenor requests in crucial natural gas pipeline case rejected

At stake is whether gas pipeline to LNG Canada plant should fall under federal jurisdiction

VIDEO: RCMP stop traffic with candy canes to remind drivers not to drink and drive

Police want to prevent any bad choices from being made this holiday season

This Week News Show – Episode 115

Highlights from this week in Prince Rupert

Shop Prince Rupert is back

These businesses are all taking part in the Shop Prince Rupert event until December 21 at noon

‘People talk about deep sadness:’ Scientists study climate change grief

Some call it environmental grief, some call it solastalgia — a word coined for a feeling of homesickness when home changes around you.

As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes.

Senate delays start of sittings in new home, delaying start of broadcasts

The Senate and House of Commons are moving into temporary homes for the next decade as a result of long-planned and badly needed renovations to the Centre Block.

UK leader seeks EU lifeline after surviving confidence vote

EU leaders gather for a two-day summit, beginning Thursday, which will center on the Brexit negotiations.

French police try to catch attack suspect dead or alive

Local authorities increase death toll to three, including 13 wounded and five in serious condition

BCHL’ers blanked by Russia at World Junior A Challenge

Canada West loses battle of the unbeaten teams in the preliminary round

Second Canadian missing in China after questioning by authorities

Michael Spavor, founder of a non-profit that organizes cultural-exchange trips to North Korea, “is presently missing in China”

Most Read