Toronto: Netflix Nabs Tragically Hip Concert Doc 'Long Time Running' (Exclusive)

Long Time Running - STILL 2 - TIFF PUBLICITY - H 2017
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The film about the Canadian band's last concert after frontman Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal cancer debuts at TIFF on Wednesday night.

Netflix has taken the world streaming rights to Long Time Running, excluding Canada, where Bell Media picked up the Tragically Hip concert documentary.

Terms of the deal with Netflix were not disclosed. Bell Media will air Long Time Running on its CTV network on Nov. 12, and start streaming the documentary on its CraveTV service a day after.

Netflix will start streaming Long Time Running on its worldwide network outside Canada from Nov. 26. The feature documentary, originally commissioned by Bell Media, chronicles the lead-up and the final concert for the Canadian band in Kingston, Ont., after frontman Gord Downie‘s terminal brain cancer diagnosis.

"We're honored to have played a role in bringing Long Time Running to life, a film that celebrates the legacy of the band and their music which has become a soundtrack to the lives of many Canadians," Bell Media president Randy Lennox said in a statement. The Canadian broadcaster has been investing heavily in original content for CraveTV, including the Letterkenny and Shut Eye series, to better compete against Netflix Canada.

Long Time Running, by directors Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier, includes interviews with Downie, his brother Patrick, bandmates Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Johnnie Fay and Gord Sinclair, and managers and key crew.

The final Tragically Hip concert, broadcast live, was watched by 11.7 million Canadians, the second-largest  audience in Canadian TV history. Downie first revealed his cancer diagnosis in May 2016, having battled the disease since December 2015.

Not long after, the band launched a final concert tour to accompany its studio album, Man Machine Poem.

Long Time Running is produced by Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn of Banger Films, in association with Shed Creative, and is distributed by Elevation Pictures. Executive producers are Bernie Breen, Patrick Sambrook, McFadyen, Dunn, Randy Lennox, Jeffrey Remedios, Dave Harris, Naveen Prasad and Jeremy Smith.

Sept. 14, 8:00 a.m. Updated with details on Bell Media acquiring the film for Canada, with launch dates.