The Song and the Sorrow – Opening Night Film
October 10 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday October 10 | 7 PM | Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
The Song and The Sorrow
Millefiore Clarkes | 2018 | Canada | 42 min | Toronto Premiere
OPENING RECEPTION OPTION! $35 ticket includes pre-film reception starting 5:30 pm and includes food, beverage, performances and film.
Elvis covered [Gene’s] songs. I mean, everybody did his songs… But any time I tried to tell him how great he was he felt like he didn’t deserve it.
– Anne Murray
Legendary Canadian songwriter, Gene MacLellan is best known for his hits from the 1970s, including “Snowbird,” “Put Your Hand in the Hand” and “The Call.” Juno-award-winning musician, MacLellan gained national attention as one of the most brilliant songwriters in the Canadian music industry but he was never comfortable with being in the spotlight. After struggling with depression, MacLellan took his own life in 1995.
The songwriter’s daughter and musician Catherine MacLellan was only 14 when her father committed suicide. Years after his death, Catherine revisits her father’s past trying to understand his life-long battle with depression. The Song and the Sorrow captures Catherine’s personal struggle to reconcile her family’s tragedy and break the silence surrounding mental illness.