Mad Ship

Mad Ship
Mad Ship poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by David Mortin
Release date
  • November 30, 2012 (2012-11-30) (Whistler Film Festival)[1]
  • December 7, 2012 (2012-12-07) (Winnipeg)[2]
Running time
90 minutes
Country Canada

Mad Ship is a 2012 Canadian film directed by David Mortin.


A poor young Scandinavian immigrant couple winds up in Canada in search of prosperity, but the hardship of the Great Depression takes a toll in a way they never feared when they went in search of the dream. Mad Ship tells the true story of a Scandinavian immigrant who built a boat to carry the body of his dead wife.[3]



The house and barn used in the film were built on the set.[4]


Mad Ship received mostly mixed reviews. said "Continuity might have conferred something of the stark, affecting sobriety of a Scandinavian film that Mad Ship seems to be aiming for."[5] The Toronto Star said "There’s more to Mad Ship than what is on the surface, and Mortin — ably assisted by Michael Marshall’s gorgeous cinematography — gets there in the end. But not without a few rough seas in the telling of the tale."[3] said "Despite the excellent period production design that allows us to enter 1920s Manitoba, its desperate message of survival seems crafted for today’s world as economic uncertainty, hefty unemployment and poor stewardship of the land has left the rest of us searching for a rescue vessel on the greasy plains of 21st century progress."[6] Digital Journal said "It's a strange film, although one with gorgeous visual images to spare."[7]


Mad Ship will be screened at the Raindance Film Festival.[8]


  1. ^ "Mad Ship". Pique. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  2. ^ "Locally-Made Movie 'Mad Ship' to Premiere at the Globe". 7 December 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b Barnard, Linda (28 March 2013). "Mad Ship's impossible voyage: movie review". Toronto Star. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Q&A with "Mad Ship" writers David Mortin and Patricia Fogliato". Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  5. ^ "Entertainment News | Breaking Headlines, Gossip, Photos & Videos | National Post". Retrieved 30 November 2021.
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