The Song and the Sorrow
A National Film Board of Canada Production
2018 / 42 mins.
Catherine MacLellan – the daughter of Canadian singer/songwriting legend Gene MacLellan – grew up surrounded by her father’s music. But He committed suicide when she was 14, and it took decades before she was able to play his songs.
The Song and The Sorrow follows Catherine as she tries to understand her father, come to terms with his legacy, and face her own struggles with mental illness. Through archival footage and candid interviews with friends, family members, and musicians who knew and played with Gene – including Anne Murray, Lennie Gallant, and the late Ron Hynes – the film reveals a troubled and loving man who was never at ease with fame or money.
It’s not easy being a musician with a famous musical parent. Losing that parent to suicide is devastating. As she seeks to celebrate her father while encouraging people to talk openly about mental illness, Catherine hopes others can take strength and solace from her story.
Sept 21/18 - Lunenburg Doc Fest (SPECIAL PRESENTATION)
Oct 12 & 16/18 - Charlottetown Film Festival (OPENING NIGHT SCREENING)
Oct 19/18 - Indian River Festival
Nov 8 & 10/18 - Zonta Film Festival
Nov 11/18 - Silverwave Film Festival (CLOSING NIGHT GALA)
Jan 17/19 - HotDocs Mental Health Film Series (OPENING FILM)
Jan 27/19 - ReFrame Film Festival
Feb 7/19 - Available Light Film Festival
Feb 15/19 - Folk Alliance International Festival
March 3/19 - Salt Spring Film Festival
April 25/28/19 - City Cinema
May 4/19 - East Coast Music Awards
May 5/19 - Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival
May 12/ 19 - Sunrise Film Festival
May 22/19 - Lawyna Vanya
May 2019 - Yorkton Film Festival
June 12/19 - Festival of Small Halls
July 12/19 - Atlin Arts and Music Festival
Sept 26/19 - Deep Roots Festival
ROHAN FERNANDO & PAUL MCNEILL