Just like us, movie and TV show directors have been awed by the rugged Western beauty of Alberta. In fact, many films, TV shows, and commercials have been filmed along the Cowboy Trail. The 2016 edition of “Experience the Cowboy Trail and Kananaskis Country” will include a special article about “Films of the Cowboy Trail.” We want to provide a teaser to whet your appetite and give you some extra content exclusive to this website!
In this blog post, we’ll focus on the new movie “The Revenant,” shot primarily in Kananaskis Country. (A battle scene was shot on the nearby Morley First Nations settlement.) “The Revenant” has been nominated for multiple awards and won a number of them too. At the Academy Awards USA, The Revenant won an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Achievement in Directing (Alejandro González Iñárritu), and Best Achievement in Cinematography (Emmanuel Lubezki).
The experiences of frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass in Montana and South Dakota were the backdrop to the movie “The Revenant.” While exploring the uncharted wilderness, Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) was severely injured from a brutal bear attack in 1823. After being left for dead by his close friend John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), Glass must survive at any cost while he finds his way back home to his beloved family. Filled with anger and focused on vengeance, Glass travels through harsh winter conditions, rough country and several life threatening challenges, to track down Fitzgerald.
Gianna Isabella, the director’s assistant for the Revenant, appears in the photo above. She said, “So many Alberta landscapes are just perfect for the big screen. I’m lucky to have worked on ‘The Revenent’ and ‘Lewis and Clark’ in Southern Alberta, and am happy to direct & produce my own films here.”
As you can see in the photos, the rugged beauty of Kananaskis Country made a striking backdrop for “The Revenant.” Stay tuned for a couple more blog posts about films and movies made in Kananaskis Country!