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