Shattered City, an epic three-hour production, dramatizes a compelling piece of Canadian history. It is the story of how a tragic incident at the height of the First World War became a living metaphor for the worldwide conflict, and how Halifax arose from the ashes after severe destruction and devastation. In the early hours of December 6, 1917, the Mont-Blanc, a French-owned freighter loaded to the gunnels with thousands of tons of TNT, collided with a Belgian relief ship and exploded in the Halifax Harbour. The explosion was so vast that it killed more than 2,000 people, injured 9,000 more and completely flattened two square kilometres of northern Halifax.
Out of the carnage came stories of small sacrifices and great heroism – stories that are at the heart of Shattered City. Vincent Walsh, Shauna MacDonald, and Academy Award nominees Graham Greene and Pete Postlethwaite lead the stellar cast.
Close captioned for the hearing impaired
Described soundtrack for the visually impaired
16:9 Letterbox Widescreen
Cast and Production Biographies
Behind the Scenes Photo Gallery
Special Effects Scenes
Behind the Scenes Featurette
Executive Producer Interview
Featurette – Glamourous Life of a Film Extra
CBC-TV News Featurette – Explosion Survivors
DVD ROM Feature:
Morse Code Translator
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