A Distinguished Production History and a Compelling Array of Future Projects

Ferns Productions Inc. produces blue chip factual mini-series, feature films and television drama. Following the four-hour, award-winning Australia-Canada co-production Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery Ferns produced the three-hour Australia-Canada co-production Darwin’s Brave New World for CBC’s The Nature of Things. The series has received critical acclaim and won the Silver Dragon at the prestigious Silver Dragon Awards. The company has also produced a five-hour version for Arte in France and Germany. Ferns helped to finance The Shipsinkers for National Geographic Channels International as well as China’s Hollywood, a China-France co-production involving Beijing’s CultureLink Media for France 5.
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Executive Producer, Pat Ferns

1491: A New History of the Americas
  Before Columbus
(8 x 1 hour)
What if history was told in the voice of the people who lived it? A major docu-drama series based on the groundbreaking, best selling work of science, history and archaeology by Charles C. Mann whose insights radically alter our understanding of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492. The series is an extraordinary revelation of the complexity, diversity and interconnectedness of indigenous people and their civilizations. (Animiki See Digital Production and Aarrow Productions, Canada)

Hattie’s Heist
Hattie is a poor but respectable senior citizen living with her dog in the charming village of Oak Bay. After the Global Financial Crisis, she is worried for her future while the bailed out bankers are again taking their bonuses. Hattie decides to take action. A comedy caper and morality tale for our times. Screenplay by Prudence Emery and John Kent Harrison. (Emery Productions, Canada)