Land of Destiny

Documentary series based on the book by Jesse Donaldson.

Even before it was a city, Vancouver was a property speculator’s wet dream.

Ever since Europeans first laid claim to the Squamish Nation territory in the 1870s, the real estate industry has held the region in its grip. Its influence has been grotesquely pervasive at every level of civic life, determining landmarks like Stanley Park and City Hall, as well as street names, neighbourhoods — even the name “Vancouver” itself.

Land of Destiny explores that influence, starting in 1862, with the first sale of land in the West End, and continuing up until the housing crisis of today. It also examines the backroom dealings, the skulduggery and nepotism, the racism and the obscene profits, while at the same time revealing that the same forces which made Vancouver what it is — speculation and global capital — are the same ones that shape it today, showing that more than anything else, the history of real estate and the history of Vancouver are one and the same.

And it’s been dirty as hell.

Geoff Manton

Geoff's directing career begins at Simon Fraser University. After completing his BFA in Film Production, Geoff quickly moved into the commercial world with projects for Deloitte, Campbells, BC Lotteries, FlyOver Canada, and Ferrero Rocher. Since 2017, Geoff has shifted focus to narrative and documentary projects, with the aim of developing original IP with an environmental lens. You can often find him sipping espresso and sniffing fine wines.