Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sean Kelly

Hot Docs 2017: Highlights of the Fest

Hard to believe that we are only a few days away from the start of the 2017 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. My advanced reviews will begin popping up tomorrow, but I thought I would start off by listing a few of the films that I am excited to see during the festival.

Whitney "Can I Be Me" (Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal, UK)
Whitney Houston becomes the latest singer to receive a posthumous biographical documentary. Will this reach the same highs of Amy?

Spookers (Florian Habicht, New Zealand)
A tour of New Zealand's most famous scare park. Sure to be a spooky fun time.

Gilbert (Neil Berkeley, USA)
The documentary about iconic comic Gilbert Gottfried. All I need to know.

Bill Nye: Science Guy (David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg, USA)
For the past two decades, Bill Nye was synonymous will the combination of science with entertainment. However, in recent years Bill Nye has made it his quest to fight back against those who question science.

Becoming Bond (Josh Greenbaum, USA)
A look at George Lazenby. The only man to play James Bond just once.

78/52 (Alexandre O. Philippe, USA)
You know a scene in a film is iconic when it gets a full documentary made about it. That is exactly what 78/52 does with the shower scene of Psycho.

Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press (Brian Knappenberger, USA)
The Hulk Hogan lawsuit against Gawker is at the centre of this film about the risks of speaking truth to power.

And those are just some of the films I plan on checking out during Hot Docs, which will run from April 27 to May 7. Tickets are on sale now from

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).