Wednesday, 31 July 2013 18:48

Glorious Battle: The Siege of Fort Erie

For two months in 1814, Fort Erie became “Canada’s bloodiest battlefield” – a gruesome distinction that stands nearly two centuries later. More than 3,000 troops — Americans, British and Native allies on both sides — were killed, wounded or missing.

This brutal battle ― just one chapter in the War of 1812 ― is brought to life through historical characters and re-enactments, as well as extensive special effects and a complex audio soundscape.

This 30-minute film was written, produced and directed by Paul Lamont. The Niagara Parks Commission (NPC), an agency of the Province of Ontario, operates the Old Fort Erie historic site where much of the film was shot. According to NPC Chair Fay Booker, this film depicts “a monumental moment in Canadian history.”

“Being able to make a film with such a universal message is a wonderful opportunity,” said Lamont. “We were fortunate that the Niagara Parks Commission saw the big picture, understood the power of film and the art of storytelling. The message of ‘Glorious Battle’ will carry through the years and, at the same time, will raise awareness of Fort Erie to an international audience.”

WNED also produced a 13-minute, surround-sound version of the film for the new Welcome Centre for Old Fort Erie (opening soon).

Learn more about the Old Fort Erie historic site.

Canadian Talent
Filmed entirely in the Province of Ontario, an estimated 85 to 90 percent of the “Glorious Battle” talent and crew were Canadian, including:

  • Narrator Victor Garber (“Godspell;” “Alias;” “Titanic”)
  • Special effects director Tim McElcheran [“Fraggle Rock;” “Canada: A People’s History” (CBC)];
  • Reenactment director Peter Twist (“Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Master and Commander,” “The Patriot”)