Long before Indigenous representation was top of mind in the TV and film industry, CBC TV’s “North of 60” portrayed life in a fictional Northwest Territories town with First Nations actors playing Native characters.
That 1992 series is one of a dozen older Canadian shows that Netflix will begin streaming this summer.
Others include 1994’s “Due South,” which made Paul Gross a household name playing a Mountie who winds up in Chicago; the 1990 Quebec period romance drama “Les filles de Caleb,” starring Marina Orsini and Roy Dupuis; and 2014’s “Sensitive Skin,” which showcased Kim Cattrall as a woman coming to terms with aging.
“We want Canadians of all ages to be able to enjoy these amazing series all over again or discover local stories they may have never seen before,” Danielle Woodrow, Netflix director of Canadian series, said in a news release. The announcement was made Wednesday at the Banff World Media Festival.
It remains to be seen whether any of the shows will undergo the Netflix effect, which made worldwide hits of Canadian series like “Schitt’s Creek,” “Kim’s Convenience” and “Anne With an E.”
The other shows on the Netflix list include 2001 comedy “La vie, la vie”; 2010 police drama “Rookie Blue”; 2010 medical drama “Trauma”; the 2011 comedy “Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays”; 2014 horror series “Sequelles”; 2017 hostage drama “La Siege”; 2018 workout comedy “Let’s Get Physical” and 2019 miniseries “Pour Sarah.”
“North of 60,” which ran for six seasons, starred Cree actors Tom Jackson, Gordon Tootoosis, Dakota House and Tina Keeper.
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