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Produced by Andy Thomson and Daphne Ballon; directed by Charles Wilkinson
Atlantis Films and Great North Productions in association with CBC, 1991. VHS cassette, 46:00 min., $129.00
Distributed by Magic Lantern Communications, #38 775 Pacific Rd., Oakville, Ont. L6L 6M4

Grades 9 and up/Ages 14 and up

Reviewed by Selwyn Jacob

Volume 20 Number 3
1992 May

Set in the Canadian Rockies, High Country takes a look at the problems of hunters illegally killing bighorn sheep for trophies.

The story is seen through the eyes of a young university student, Jennifer McFail, who returns to her home town for the summer to work with her father at Fish and Wildlife. One day she witnesses the illegal killing of bighorn sheep. She tries to convince her dad that she has captured the evidence on film.

The plot becomes interesting and en­grossing, as Jennifer works for a local resident who is suspected of being the organizer of the illegal hunting expeditions. By using an undercover operation, her dad tracks down the perpetrators of the crime. The experience convinces Jennifer to return to university and change her major to Wildlife Management.

Young viewers will relate to this story because of the main theme of protecting our wildlife heritage. But they will also identify with Jennifer, who initially is not given any credibility by her supervisors. As well, the relationships with her father and her boy­friend are realistic and believable.

The story moves at a reasonable pace and suspense is created by having the young protagonist actively involved in solving the crime. The acting is very good, and the scenery and production values are first rate. A positive video for introducing a moral and ethical issue to students and young adults in a way they can relate to and identify with.


Selwyn Jacob, Edmonton, Alta.

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