A German film crew rolls cameras as Jeff King puts the finishing touches on his latest mural in Cow Bay.

German film crew working on North Coast documentary for public television

Images of the North Coast will soon be filling television screens across Germany following a visit by a film crew to the region.

Images of the North Coast will soon be filling television screens across Germany following a visit by a film crew to the region.

“Germans have a big heart for Canada and the Canadian nature. When we were here last summer looking to see if it is worth doing a film about it, we came home very enthusiastic and convinced our editors we needed to do a film because the coast and nature and people are amazing … this documentary is for German public television. It’s for a series of shows about personal life stories and how it is to live in those places, in this case Prince Rupert and the surrounding area,” explained cameraman Roland Gockel.

“There are some differences you wouldn’t find in a travel guide. For instance, how do you go shopping if you live on a remote island? You wouldn’t have that problem in Germany, so we went to one of the markets in town that offer the service to ship the goods far away by ferry or seaplane. We found that very amazing.”

And while the crew may have filmed around the city, travelled to Hartley Bay and filmed creek walking in remote areas, it was the work of artist Jeff King that really drew them to the North Coast.

“The first thing that caught our attention was the murals. They’re real eye-catchers, so when I went back to Germany I wanted to find out who did them and found Jeff to see if he was coming back. Thankfully he was coming back,” said producer Rosie Koch.

“The first thing we did when we came in to Prince Rupert this year was to find Sharon [Rothwell] and Jeff and talk to them about the murals in Prince Rupert. We filmed Jeff starting the mural … when we came back, Jeff was putting his finishing touches on the mural and we were able to film that, which is quite amazing.”

The hope is that this documentary will help create more awareness of the scope and variety of murals on display in Prince Rupert, something many may not realize.

“Prince Rupert being as beautiful and wild as it is, I thought why not have it be the world’s largest outdoor nature art gallery. There is almost 25,000 square feet of mural already and there is more coming,” said King, adding there are still at least two other murals to be painted for the community.

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