ABOUT THE SHOW:
CHCH presents an original series celebrating the best in Canadian documentary filmmaking. Documented is a curated collection of 17 critically-acclaimed, award-winning films, presented by host Brigitte Truong. In the style of Saturday Night at the Movies and Turner Classic Movies, Documented features exclusive content beyond just the film, including well-rounded discussion and interviews with some of the biggest Canadian documentary filmmakers working today.
Documentary has been called “Canada’s national art form” and the titles in Documented reflect this. The series has something for everyone: world travellers, sports fans, history buffs, and anyone who loves a good story. These are real stories about real people, told honestly.
Pink Ribbons, Inc. (Léa Pool)
Friday, February 2 @ 8pm
Each year, millions of dollars are raised in the name of breast cancer, but where does this money go, and what does it actually achieve? A behind-the-scenes look at the issue marketers have called the “dream cause.”
Touch the Sky (Adrian Wills)
Friday, February 9 @ 8pm
The story of how Cirque-du-Soleil founder Guy Laliberté became the first Canadian tourist in space, from the Soviet-era facilities where he trained to the International Space Station.
The Whale (Suzanne Chilsholm, Michael Parfit, Ryan Reynolds)
Friday, February 16 @ 8pm
The true story of Luna, a young, wild killer whale who tries to befriend people on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island. Produced and narrated by Canadian star Ryan Reynolds.
Friday, February 23 @ 8pm
Presented with exclusive interviews
from CHCH’s Bubba O’Neil
This documentary celebrates the African-American football players who made history in Canada, including a special focus on Ti-Cats hero quarterback Bernie Custis.
Wizard Mode (Jeff Petry & Nathan Drillot)
Friday, March 2 @ 8pm
A dive into the world of competitive pinball with the game’s reigning champion, 27-year-old Canadian Robert Gagno. Diagnosed with autism at a young age, Robert has exceeded every expectation put upon him.
I Am Bruce Lee (Pete McCormack)
Friday, March 9 @ 8pm
Winner of 4 Leo Awards, including Best Direction in a Documentary
The story of how Bruce Lee came to be one of the biggest icons of the 20th century, told through brand new interviews with his family and the stars he influenced. Features Kobe Bryant, Mickey Rourke, Manny Pacquiao and others.
Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie (Sturla Gunnarsson)
Friday, March 16 @ 8pm
Audience Choice Award – Toronto International Film Festival
Profile of the life and work of world-renowned Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist David Suzuki, by Emmy and Genie Award-winning director Sturla Gunnarsson.
Nash (Michael Hamilton)
Friday, March 23 @ 8pm
A behind-the-scenes look at the best Canadian basketball player of all time and one of the country’s quietest philanthropists: Steve Nash. Features interviews with President Barack Obama, Ron Howard, Kobe Bryant, Snoop Dogg and others.
Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley)
Thursday, March 29 @ 8pm
Best Documentary – Canadian Screen Awards
Film of the Year – Toronto Film Critics Association
Shortlisted – Academy Award for Best Documentary
An inspired, genre-twisting documentary from Oscar-nominee Sarah Polley. Polley’s playful investigation of a shocking question: who is her real father?
Life With Murder (John Kastner)
Friday, March 20 @ 8pm
Best Documentary – International Emmy Awards
Investigating the untold story behind one of the most chilling crimes in Canadian history: the murder of Ontario teenager Jennifer Jenkins by her older brother Mason.
(Airdates subject to change)
MEET THE HOST:
Brigitte Truong is a Toronto-born television host and reporter, making her mark on a variety of North America outlets. She made her on-air debut in 2009 as a VJ on Movieola – The Short Film Channel. Since then, Brigitte has turned her journalistic eye to the film industry interviewing such notable figures as Jackie Chan, Alan Thicke and Catherine O’Hara. Brigitte combines her passion for film and news every week on The Watchlist, Fridays at 9:30PM on CHCH. Now, she adds Documented to her quickly-growing resume of programs.