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Ever Deadly

Tanya Tagaq and Chelsea McMullan
2022 | 90 min
English and Inuktitut with English subtitles

Awards and Festivals

  • Air-Canada-Matera PrizeInternational First Peoples’ Festival, Montreal, Canada (2023)

  • Audience Choice Award, Best Canadian Documentary FeatureYellowknife Film Festival, Canada (2022)

  • Special Mention, Best Canadian Feature FilmAvailable Light Film Festival, Canada (2023)

  • Official Selection International First Peoples' Festival, Canada (2023)

  • Official SelectionToronto International Film Festival, Canada (2022)

  • Official selection - Music on Screen & DGC Canadian Documentary competitionCalgary International Film Festival, Canada (2022)

  • Official Selection - PortraitsVancouver International Film Festival, Canada (2022)

  • Official SelectionFestival du nouveau cinéma, Canada (2022)


One liner and Two liner Synopses

Tanya Tagaq's Director's Statement

Chelsea McMullan's Director's Statement



Excerpt 1 - In concert

Excerpt 2 - Record Player: Improvisation is an electric experience

Excerpt 3 - Relocation: Taqaq discusses relocation with her mom

Excerpt 4 - Northern Lights


Tanya Tagaq and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory throat singing together. Traditional throat singing involves two women singing closely together using a “call and response” technique.

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory performing Uaajeerneq (Greenlandic mask dance)

Tanya views the land, Nunavut, as a living, breathing organism.

Animated sequence by Inuit artist Shuvinai Ashoona

Tanya clouded in smoke on the nuna (land) in her home of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

Landscape image of Nunavut and a sled dog (Quimmiq).

Tanya and her mother, Mary. Mary’s family was forcefully relocated to Cambridge Bay by the Government of Canada in the 1950s.

Tanya performs in concert with a background choir and band who all improvise with her to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the audience.

Tanya singing in concert. Her concerts are all improvisational in nature, giving the audience a once in a lifetime experience that will never be replicated.


Tanya Tagaq
Writer and Director

Photo : Thomas van der Zaag

Chelsea McMullan
Writer and Director

Photo : Luis Mora

Lea Marin
Producer (NFB)

Photo : NFB

Kate Vollum
Co-producer (NFB)


Anita Lee
Executive Producer (NFB)



Tanya Tagaq

Written and Directed by
Tanya Tagaq
Chelsea McMullan

Produced by
Lea Marin
Anita Lee

Executive Producer
Anita Lee

Kate Vollum

Director of Photography
Alejandro Coronado

Avrïl Jacobson, CCE

Sound Recordist
Alexander Unger

Sound Supervisor
Graham Rogers

Original Illustrations by
Shuvinai Ashoona

Animation by Astroplastique
Glenn Gear Fred Casia Parissa Mohit

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory

Original Music Composed by
Jesse Zubot

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
Mary Gillis
Inuuja Gillis
Lucas Kalluk

Additional Cinematography
Ann Tipper
Catherine Lutes CSC

Additional Sound
Sara Labadie

Production Supervisor
Marcus Matyas

Senior Production Coordinator
Katie Murray

Production Coordinators
Carla Murphy
Jessica Lozano Castro
Max Wolfond

Technical Coordinators
Kevin Riley Luc Binette

Technology Advisor
Frédéric Sauvé

Technical Advisor/Support
Frank Nadeau

Studio Administrators
Leslie Anne Poyntz
Stephanie Brantner
Patricia Bourgeois
Andrew Martin-Smith

Manager Studio Operations
Mark Wilson

Studio Coordinator
Carly Kastner

Assistant Editors
Varunraj Gandhi Kevin Shak
William Mitchell Cassidy Croft
Production Assistant
Cher Obediah


Tanya Tagaq

Cello Jeffrey Samuel Zeigler
Synthesizer Ashkan Kooshanejad
Violin Jesse Zubot
Drums Jean Martin

Performance response to Tanya Tagaq by
Santee Smith / Tekaronhiáhkhwa

The Element Choir
Christine Duncan – Choir Leader

Clela Errington
Jennifer Wohrle
Jessica Stuart
Kristin Fung
Rebecca Singh
Sylvester Frank
Cathy Hluchy
Jessie Rivest
Juliet Palmer
Elise Boeur
Adriana Monti
Meiko Ando
John Creson
Jenna Marie Pinard
Erinne White
Sheila Soares
Andrea Kuzmich
Dawne Carleton
Michelangelo Iaffaldano
Doug Temple
Jill Stella Richards
Robin Elliot
Wendelin Lisbeth Bartley
Rod Campbell
Adam Rosen
Richard Keelan
Paula Tseng
Shifra Cooper
Simone Moir
Lieke Van Der Voort
Georgia Webber
Meghan Gilhespy
James Bailey
Tova Kardonne
Elena Kapeleris
Emily Steinwall
Gordon Simmons
David Gonzales
Max McEacher
Laura Swankey
Julia Morson
Galen Sedlak

Director of Photography, Concert
Maya Bankovic CSC
Steadicam Operator
Adam Tupper

Camera Operators
Gabriela Osio Vanden
Alejandro Coronado

1st Assistant Camera
Andrew Stretch
Christopher James Andrew Reilly

2nd Assistant Camera
Jacob White

Technical Advisor
Ryan Czyzewski

Data Wrangler
Douglas Nayler

Key Grip
Carl David Tribe

2nd Sound Recordist
Kai Masaoka

Six Shooter Records
Helen Britton President and CEO, Artist Management
Shauna de Cartier President and CEO, Record Label
Vanessa Kuzina Director, Artist Management
Emily Smart Vice-President, Marketing and Publicity

Concert Event Management – Plan V Productions

Vanessa Arscott

Production Manager
Reuben Coward

Production Coordinator
Brayden Lowrey

Production Assistant
Emily Robertson

Paul Newman
Ryan Brown
Al Faubert
Ed Fox 

Production Manager
Christina Carvalho

Location Manager
Gordon Peck

Production Assistants
Christina Bresolin
Andres Orbegozo
Siena DeCampo

Lighting Design
Louise Simpson

Production Designer
Daria Savic

Set Dressers
Nicole Zimmer Braden Labonte
Katheryn Marie Harrison
Christian Harrison
Jennifer McGouran

Hair & Make-Up
Tami El Sombati

Plastik Wrap

Cinnamon Girls

Craft Service
Blazing Kitchen

Craft Server
William Engel

Title Design
Sebastian Pardo, MEMORY Studio

Archival and Visual Researchers
Kathleen Fisher
Judy Robinson

Jocelyn Piirainen
Elizabeth Klinck
Conor McNally

Location Manager – Cambridge Bay
Corey Dimitruk

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
Elisabeth Jansen-Hadlari
Aaju Peter

Sound Facility – FORMOSA
Sound Designer Jane Tattersall
Dialogue Editor Krystin Hunter
Re-Recording Mixer Graham Rogers
Assist. Re-Recording Mixer Will Stephens

Post-Production Services – REDLAB
Account Manager Mark Stevens
Colourist Walt Biljan
Online Editor Cory Johnson
Project Manager Lubin J. Martinez

Cassidy Croft

Live Concert Music Consultant
Jesse Zubot

Additional Choir Recording
Revolution Recording Inc

Marketing Managers
Jessica Gedge
Melissa Wheeler

Marketing Coordinator
Michelle Rozon

Jennifer Mair

Legal Counsel
Peter Kallianiotis

All songs performed by Tanya Tagaq
Courtesy of Six Shooter Records

Excerpts from SPLIT TOOTH by Tanya Tagaq
Copyright © 2018 Tanya Tagaq.
Reprinted by permission of Viking Canada, a division of
Penguin Random House Canada Limited. All rights reserved.

Archival Footage Courtesy of
Pond 5
Mary Gillis
Tess Girard
Andrew Wong
Dorset Fine Arts
Rogers Media Inc.
London Free Press, a division of Postmedia Network Inc
National Film Board of Canada
Getty Images
Ole Gjerstad
Paula E. Kirman
CBC Archive Sales
APTN National News

Special Thanks
Douglas Nayler

Thank You
Carson Gillis
Chris Gillis
Rick Gillis
Sandi Gillis
Mike Clark
Cher Obediah
Maral Mohammadian
Coty Savard
David Christensen
Jennifer Baichwal
Varun Vachhar
Natalia Bernal
Rae Spoon
David Hannan
Jordan McQuaid
Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
Natan Obed
Huw Eirug
Jessica Kotierk
Leena Evik
Miali Dimitruk
Ublu Inn
Stuart Rostant
Amanda Doiron
Pamela Gross
Jeannie Ehaloak
Paul Emingak
Marla Limousin
Trinity St Paul Church
Sean O’Neill


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