1 November 2007

Funny fact from Flin Flon

Prospectors discovered gold near the town, 600 miles north of Winnipeg, in 1910 and originally called their settlement Beaver City. By 1914, they had changed the name to Flin Flon in honour of a fictional character called Josiah Flintabattey Flonatin - from a turn-of-the-century novel called The Sunless City - who found a city laden with gold at the bottom of a lake.


Anonymous said...

Sunless City
(2005, 101 min)
Directed by Sergey Potemkin, Sunless City follows the lives of the film's four characters in search of love, art, and freedom. A successful business manager falls in love with a young artist. Her brother, portrayed by Sergey Bezrukov, one of Russia's most popular movie stars, is an evil genius who dedicates his last exhibit "Sunless City" to St. Petersburg. The film was the Critics' Choice at Moscow International Film Festival and was featured at Karlovy Vary, Bradford, Milan, Galway, Sofia, Shanghai, Calcutta, and others.

"...While the film is definitely very contemporary, it also ties itself to an old tradition, and aspirations that are somewhat eternal..." (Emma Culik, The Petersburg Myth lives on in Sunless City, Karlovy Vary Film Festival, 07/08/05)

Annissa said...

Interesting to know.