Latonia Hartery – At Home Here in Newfoundland & Labrador

Occupation: Filmmaker (Writer, Director, Producer) with a PhD in Arctic Archaeology (VERY COOL!)

Place of Birth: Milltown, Bay D’Espoir, NL

Currently Resides: St. John’s, NL

Where’s your favourite place in Newfoundland & Labrador to grab a coffee?

In town, I get my latte from The Rocket. They also have tasty rum BBQ pulled pork turnovers. These two things together are superb. On the west coast, in Rocky Harbour, I go to Java Jacks. While having a coffee you can stare out over the ocean, it’s mesmerizing.

Where’s your favourite place in Newfoundland & Labrador to grab a pint?

Mallard Cottage on Sunday afternoons. You can have a pint AND listen to the musical stylings of Aaron Collis and Duane Andrews in a charming historic building, filled with incredible smells from the kitchen.

Mallard CottageWhere’s your favourite place to shop in Newfoundland & Labrador?

Is the question about clothes!? I think my favourite places to shop involve food. In which case, it would be Georgetown Bakery or Belbin’s.

Where in Newfoundland & Labrador would we stand to see your favourite view?

Anywhere in the Torngat Mountains (Labrador). Torngat is from the Inuktitut word Torngait, meaning “place of spirits”. Once you’re in this mountain range, you’ll be overpowered by the monumental nature of the scenery.

click here for more on Torngat Mountains National Park

Name 3 things we’ve gotta do when we visit Newfoundland & Labrador:

1. See if you can get yourself to The Torngats I was talking about above. It rivals any fjord system from Norway to New Zealand. You’ll love it!

2. Get in a car and drive, as far as you can, and to as many little coves and bays as you can. Beautiful things are in every corner, and once you get to a place you feel connected with, chat with the local people.

3. Plan to stay for three weeks, there’s so much to see and do, a week usually isn’t enough.

What makes Newfoundland & Labrador such a special place on earth for you?

This is very hard to answer because I love Newfoundland and Labrador so much. One thing I always admired about this province, however, is that no matter what is happening, people feel a real sense of joy to be living here, or to be from here. We collectively have a strong sense of identity. While it’s true that our landscape is ruggedly beautiful, it’s not that alone which makes our province special. I think our unique day to day reaction to this environment, and to others who share it with us, is also part of the reason NL is so compelling.


SABS Note of Noteworthiness

Latonia is currently directing a new film project entitled SADIE, which was written by Emily Bridger, and is being produced by Deanne Foley, with the production company LJH Films Inc.

SADIE team - Emily Bridger, Latonia Hartery & Deanne FoleyDiscover more about SADIE on line


Twitter: @SadieTheFilm

Facebook: SADIE The Film

1 Comment »

  1. After that interview, I now feel the urgent pull to visit all those wonderful places.

    Comment by Lisa Johnston — June 3, 2014 @ 10:25 pm

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