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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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