Victoria, BC, Canada – Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society has completed a new documentary film about The Castle and its history. Directed and produced by Castle Society Board Member Robin Adair, Victoria’s Castle will premiere at The Vic Theatre to an invitation-only audience on Friday May 4th which will include local officials, patrons and supporters of Craigdarroch Castle.
The vision for the film is to tell the history of Craigdarroch, while setting it in the context of Victoria’s local and regional history. Framing the immigration of the Dunsmuirs to Vancouver Island from Scotland, the developments that led up to the Castle’s construction and the subsequent events that shaped its many uses will help tell a more complete story about not only Craigdarroch, but the city of Victoria itself.
Coinciding with the city’s 150th anniversary and the diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth, the release of this documentary is timely in highlighting the relevance of the Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society. With no dedicated civic museum in Victoria, the film will address a small portion of that need and provide valuable insights into the important role The Castle Society plays in preserving and sharing our local history.
“We are extremely pleased to have completed this project in 2012,” explains Executive Director John Hughes. “The documentary film is an incredibly powerful and effective medium for communicating. It can convey a story in a memorable and expedient manner. Additionally, the format will allow us to share the experience of Craigdarroch to new audiences, such as those who are not physically able to tour the Castle, or even bring the film to students directly in the classroom.”
For the general public, combination self-guided tours of the Castle and screenings of the documentary will begin on Friday, May 18th at Craigdarroch Castle. Doors open at 6:15pm and the film begins at 7. A special Victoria Day weekend screening is also scheduled for the evening of Sunday, May 20th. Admission is free for members and the cost for the general public is regular admission plus $5.00.
Additional tour & screenings are scheduled for Friday evenings on: May 18th and 25th, June 1st and 8th.