Within every hero lives a tragedy.

EDMONTON (January 13, 2016) – Super Channel, Canada’s only national English pay television network, is pleased to announce the Canadian broadcast premiere of the critically acclaimed documentary feature, HURT, on Tuesday, January 19 at 9 p.m. ET (SC4). It will also be available on Super Channel On Demand the following day.

Written and directed by Alan Zweig (When Jews Were Funny, Vinyl), HURT is a moving documentary portrait of Steve Fonyo, who in 1985, at 19 years of age, completed his run across Canada, after having lost his left leg to cancer.

Produced by MDF Productions, with the participation of Super Channel, HURT was the winner of the inaugural Platform Prize at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

At first denounced as a Terry Fox copycat and unable to generate many donations, the run was an uphill battle until Steve ran past the spot where Terry Fox had been forced to stop. Suddenly, publicity picked up, donations poured in and by the time he reached the Pacific Ocean, he had raised $13 million for cancer research and was named to the Order of Canada.

The next 30 years were straight downhill: petty theft, larceny, and drug addiction until the Order of Canada was rescinded in 2010. Steve Fonyo today is a mass of contradictions. Spend a year in the world of this one-time hero and see how the run has nothing – and everything – to do with his life.

HURT was executive produced by Peter Gentile (Clubland, Nureyev, Shadow Pleasures), edited by Robert Swartz (When Dreams Take Flight, The Young Romantic), with music composed by Ohad Benchedtrit (Semisweet: Life in Chocolate, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) and Justin Small (Semisweet: Life in Chocolate). Cinematography by Jonathon Cliff (Redacted, Small Town Gay Bar), Emmy® Award-winner Ian Kerr (National Geographic Explorer, The Good Son: The Life of Ray Boom Boom Mancini) and Chris Romeike (The Team, Souvenir of Canada)

About MDF Productions:
MDF Productions is an award-winning Toronto production company. It has produced documentary one-offs to television series for CBC, MTV, History Television and Global TV that have also played at Hot Docs. Its dramas for Bravo! and Super Channel have also played at Toronto, Montreal, Havana and ReelWorld film festivals. Its performing arts programs have won many awards and have been released theatrically in Canada and Cuba. From short films to television series the company has produced projects that have been viewed by millions around the world.

About Super Channel:
Super Channel is Canada’s only national English pay television network, consisting of four HD channels, four SD channels, and Super Channel On Demand. Super Channel’s vision is to expand the Canadian premium TV experience by offering a broad range of fresh, entertaining movies, series, documentaries and concerts. Super Channel is owned by Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc., an Edmonton-based media company. Super Channel is currently available on Bell TV, Shaw Direct, Rogers Anyplace TV, Shaw Cable, Cogeco Cable,  Access Communications, Bell Aliant TV, Source Cable, SaskTel, MTS, Novus, EastLink, TELUS, Videotron and other regional providers.

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Contact: Kim Ball – Manager, Publicity, Super Channel
Email: kim.ball@superchannel.ca
Tel: (416) 302-6464


HURT is a documentary portrait of Steve Fonyo, a one-legged cancer survivor who successfully completed a cross-Canada run in the 1980's, only to spend three decades mired in crime and addiction.

Produced with the participation of

Canadian Media Fund, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Super Channel and iChannel.

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