In writing the book Grey Owl, a fictional biography of Archibald Stansfeld Belaney
, Ruffo combined memories of his own ancestors and oral history passed down through generations of Ojibway heritage, along with archived journals and documentation from personal interviews to unfold the story of Grey Owl.
But, in reality, he was actually Archibald Stansfeld Belaney
from Hastings, in Southern England.
The movie, expected to be a hit with audiences all across the country, is based on the life of Englishman Archibald Stansfeld Belaney
, who was adopted by an Ojibway family and lived among the Aboriginal people in Canada.