Founded in Montreal in 1912, the British American Film Manufacturing Co. (BRIAM) was the brainchild of Frank Beresford, an American promoter who thought he had found a profitable venture in the production of films featuring “authentic” events in Canadian history. BRIAM’S first production, The Battle of the Long Sault, was a re-enactment of the battle between Dollard des Ormeaux and an Iroquois tribe in 1660. Shot in Châteauguay, this two-reel film was scripted by Louis Olivier Armstrong and featured several Kahnawake Mohawks actors. After premiering at the Ouimetoscope in December 1912, The Battle of the Long Sault was screened across Canada and the United States.
In the following months, BRIAM shot several films in an old Montreal school that was transformed into a makeshift movie studio. However, the company disappeared for unknown reasons in spring 1913 and as result none of these films received distribution. Several of BRIAM’s employees and managers, including Beresford, went on to participate in the filming of Wolfe or the Conquest of Quebec, a five-reel major production shot by Kalem (an American company) in the Quebec City region in 1913.