Twenty years ago last Saturday, Air-India Flight 182 exploded above the Atlantic Ocean, near Ireland. Everyone on board was killed -- 136 of them were children and 280 were Canadian citizens. It was the deadliest terrorist attack before September 11, and is the largest mass-murder in Canadian history. Now the CBC is commissioning a documentary to start filming next month that delves into the tragedy -- to be directed by Sturla Gunnarsson. His name might ring bells as the man who directed the great 2005 adaptation Beowulf & Grendel, which starred Gerard Butler as Beowulf to Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson's Grendel. However, he also has an Oscar-nominated documentary under his belt -- 1982's After the Axe, which bodes well for this production.

Gunnarsson says: "We've heard about it in fragments of personal loss, conspiracy theory, erased surveillance tapes, bungled investigations and cultural divide, but now, after 22 years, three trials, and two commissions, a coherent narrative has emerged. The time has come to tell this story." There is currently an inquiry on hiatus (to resume in September) on the tragedy, so it will be interesting to see how he deals when all that isn't resolved. The doc will be a collection of re-enactments, archival footage, information on the victims and a look into how intelligence agencies handled things. If things go as planned, the film should be aired early next year on the CBC. This seems to be the only thing on the plate for Gunnarsson at this time. Since Beowulf, he's been busy with a number of television directorial stints, but has no features in the works.
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