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Banger Films producing Tragically Hip documentary

A documentary about Canadian rock group the Tragically Hip is in the works. Banger Films’ producers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn are behind the film, which is among 29 English and French doc ...
October 6, 2016

A documentary about Canadian rock group the Tragically Hip is in the works.

Banger Films’ producers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn are behind the film, which is among 29 English and French doc projects to receive financing through the Rogers Documentary and Cable Network Fund.

Due for release next fall, the film’s working title is Man Machine Poem – The Tragically Hip Documentary. McFadyen confirmed Bell Media-owned nets HBO Canada and CTV are on board, and said more details would be forthcoming.

The Tragically Hip’s 15-date Man Machine Poem tour became major news in Canada this summer after the group revealed in the spring that front man Gord Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. The band’s final show on the tour was broadcast live on CBC and attracted 11.7 million viewers – roughly a third of the country’s population.

Toronto-based Banger’s credits include Hip-Hop Evolution, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey.

Other filmmakers to receive financing in the Rogers fund’s latest round include David Paperny, Ric Bienstock, Jamie Kastner and Peter Raymont.

In total, the fund awarded CAD$1.75 million (US$1.32 million). The application deadline was August 17.

Blue Ant Media and producers Allen Code and Raymont received backing for the series Arctic Secrets; while Paperny is among the producers behind CBC’s Mohamed Fahmy: Freedom is Half the Truth, about the Al-Jazeera journalist who was jailed in Egypt in 2013.

Kastner, whose doc The Skyjacker’s Tale recently debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, received a grant for Stage, which is backed by Documentary Channel, Canal D and ZDF/ARTE. Bienstock’s grant is for the Documentary Channel-backed The Last Nazi Trials.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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