TIFF ’15: Zweig’s “Hurt” to bow in ‘Platform’ program

Veteran Canadian director Alan Zweig's latest documentary, Hurt: The Steve Fonyo Story (pictured), will receive its world premiere in the Toronto International Film Festival's new juried competition, 'Platform.'
August 14, 2015

Canadian director Alan Zweig‘s latest documentary, Hurt: The Steve Fonyo Story (pictured), will receive its world premiere in the Toronto International Film Festival’s new ‘Platform’ program.

The MDF Productions-made project is the single Canadian film and the only documentary to screen as part of the festival’s new juried competition. ‘Platform’ is comprised of 12 films that demonstrate a strong directorial vision by major international filmmakers.

The film chronicles the life of cancer survivor Steve Fonyo who was inspired by Canadian icon Terry Fox to successfully complete a run across Canada in 1985 – four years following Fox’s attempt – generating CAD$13 million (US$9.95 million) in donations for cancer research.

Though he would receive the Order of Canada that year, the designation would be revoked 25 years later in 2010 with Fonyo mired in years of legal troubles ranging from aggravated assault and fraud to larceny, and struggling with drug addiction.

Hurt: The Steven Fonyo Story was produced by Peter Gentile and edited by Robert Swartz. Emmy-winner Ian Kerr, Jonathon Cliff and Chris Romeike serve as the film’s cinematographers.

Zweig’s last film, When Jews Were Funny, received TIFF honors in 2013 for Best Canadian Feature.

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