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Genre: Documentary

Duration: 92 Minutes

Rating: G

Anne Murray: Full Circle

Join the director of Anne Murray: Full Circle Morgan Elliott for a Q&A after the screening with members of Anne Murray’s band; Peter Bleakney, Darlene Sawyer, and Aidan Mason.

ANNE MURRAY: FULL CIRCLE 

A small-town girl from a Nova Scotia coal mining town becomes a Canadian icon and international superstar. Pure, honest, or just plain ol’ good, no matter how Anne Murray’s voice was described, it was always clear she has a remarkable gift. Throughout Anne’s decades-spanning international career, her songs topped the charts, her TV specials set records, she performed and collaborated with music royalty, and she converted casual listeners into die-hard fans with her undeniable talent. Anne Murray: Full Circle is a full-length, fully authorised documentary featuring an original, in-depth interview with Anne sharing anecdotes, memories, and observations as 19 familiar hit songs and breathtaking archival footage illuminate Anne’s storied career. Original new interviews with the artists, collaborators, and colleagues who knew her best including Shania Twain, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Jann Arden, Kenny Loggins, Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Allen and others are seamlessly woven into the story and paired with rarely seen material from her personal archives, telling the story of a ground-breaking woman who seized control of her career and soared to the heights of fame without failing to stay true to herself. Throughout the film, we not only celebrate the unforgettable music of Anne Murray but experience the full spectrum of the small-town singer turned superstar, pioneer, and icon.

Peter Bleakney

Peter Bleakney toured and recorded with Anne Murray from 1984 until her retirement in 2008. Peter’s Toronto musical theatre credits include Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mamma Mia!, Dirty Dancing, We Will Rock You, Jersey Boys, Little Shop of Horrors, Matilda, Kinky Boots, Ross Petty’s Xmas Panto (2011-2021), Carol King’s Beautiful, Dear Evan Hansen and more.

Darlene Sawyer

For more than 20 years, Darlene Sawyer worked closely with internationally renowned music legend and Canadian icon Anne Murray on all aspects of her career. Darlene’s early career began in corporate marketing for Labatt and John Labatt Entertainment Group where she was introduced to Anne Murray and her associates, and subsequently joined her artist relations team.

Equipped with a diverse skill set honed by working in various aspects of the entertainment business, Darlene was an integral part of Anne Murray’s team. She worked closely with renowned management professionals Bruce Allen and Leonard Rambeau to manage and support Anne’s career including the production and marketing of more than 20 albums, multiple television specials, award shows, books, and music videos released to Canadian, US, and international markets and is one of the executive producers of the film, Anne Murray: Full Circle.
Darlene currently brings her vast entertainment experience to her position as Project Manager for Eleanor McCain and Retriever Records Limited with the release and management of multiple albums, a book, video releases as well as business affairs.

Aidan Mason

Aidan Mason was born and raised in South Africa and came to Canada in 1973. Three years after his arrival he was hired as Anne Murray’s guitarist and background singer. He toured and recorded with Anne for over 32 years until she retired in 2008. Since then Aidan has kept active producing, composing, and performing music in the Toronto area. He is known for co-writing “Love to Live in Toronto”, the winning song in the 2009 Toronto Song Competition and has produced and composed numerous radio jingles. Presently, aside from playing jazz/funk guitar in various configurations around the city and studio recording and jingle writing, Aidan sings and plays in the duo “Fit as a Fiddle” with his wife Margot Glatt. They have been entertaining the 55+ crowd and family audiences across the GTA and throughout Ontario since 2004.

Morgan Elliott

Emmy-Nominated Producer Morgan Elliott is an adventurer and storyteller. She has crafted an award-winning career from the most exotic and remote corners of the world writing, producing, and directing television shows and documentaries. Previous projects include numerous one-hour documentaries for The Discovery Channel, The Outdoor Life Network and The Sports Network. Additionally, Ms. Elliott has produced series with Mark Burnett, Howie Mandel, Phil Keoghan, The Canadian Tenors and famed former WWE wrestler Trish Stratus. She has shot in over 45 countries and launched and produced 12 television series.

 

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