Family Band

Family Band

| 7 min

In this short documentary about The Tragically Hip, director David Battistella uses a split-screen and acid-etched colours to distil the iconic Canadian band’s essence. After decades together, through hotels, highways, gigs and recording sessions, The Hip’s members have forged a powerful brotherhood. "These guys are my life partners, musically" says bass guitarist Gord Sinclair. The Hip's brand of straight-ahead rock and roll has catapulted the band to international stardom, and ensured them a place in Canadian musical history, but at heart, they remain a bunch of guys from Kingston, Ontario, making music together just for fun.

This film was produced for the 2008 Governor General's Performing Arts Award.

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Credits
  • recipient
    The Tragically Hip
  • writer
    David Battistella
  • director
    David Battistella
  • producer
    Gerry Flahive
  • cinematographer
    Monica Guddat
  • editor
    David Battistella
  • sound recordist
    Igal Petel
  • production manager
    Amanda Coles
  • production coordinator
    Sarah Arruda
  • lighting
    Edwin Lau
  • grip assistant
    Edwin Lau
  • production assistant
    Ashley Shields-Muir
  • production supervisor
    Mark Wilson
  • technical coordinator
    Branden Bratuhin
  • online editor
    David Battistella
  • colorist
    David Battistella
  • sound editor
    Steve Payne
  • re-recording mixer
    Dustin Harris
  • research
    Katherine Kasirer
  • consultant
    David Bastedo
    Laurie Brown
  • centre administrator
    Brigitte Sachse
  • budget officer
    Joanne Forrest
  • production secretary
    Renée Lottridge
  • executive producer
    Silva Basmajian