Hot Docs Preview: Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (Joan Tosoni, Martha Kehoe, 2018)


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From his beginnings in the 1960s Yorkville scene through his rise to success and up to the present day, there’s no denying that Gordon Lightfoot is an absolute legend of Canadian music. Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could read My Mind takes a look at that legend, examining the life and career of Lightfoot through all of its ups and downs.

Through a mix of archival footage and extensive interviews with Lightfoot himself as well as many other contemporaries and admirers (including Ian and Sylvia,The Good Brothers, Murray McLachlan, Randy Bachman, Ronnie Hawkins, Sarah McLachlan, Steve Earle and um, Alec Baldwin … yeah, I don’t get that last one either), directors Joan Tosoni and Martha Kehoe delve into Lightfoot’s history and influence.

However, the filmmakers don’t shy away from looking at some of Lightfoot’s darker moments as well, presenting an interesting portrait of the man that will appeal to fans as well as those looking to learn a bit more about an icon of Canadian music.

Screenings:
Sat, Apr 27, 6:45 PM at TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
Tue, Apr 30, 6:30 PM Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

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