Anne Murray: Full Circle
by Staff Editors
(November 18, 2021 – Toronto, ON) There was a time in Canadian radio when it didn’t matter what station you were listening to, with the exception of all classical music, you would probably hear an Anne Murray song every few hours. It was 1972 and the CRTC had handed broadcasters its first rules on Canadian content. While those regulations would eventually produce a robust Canadian recording industry and performers who could produce hit after hit after hit, in the early days there was a dearth of material and much of what was available was far from being hit-bound. Anne Murray was different. Great lyrics, well-produced recording sessions and a voice that deserved the epithet Canada’s Songbird. Now, at long last, there’s a documentary about Anne Murray.
This new feature-length CBC documentary is titled Anne Murray: Full Circle, which will premiere as a special one-night cinema event at select Cineplex theatres across the country on Thursday, December 2. It will be followed by its exclusive broadcast and streaming launch on CBC TV and CBC Gem on Friday, December 17 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. in NT).
It’s a personal and emotional journey that uses in-depth interviews with Murray exploring her evolution as a ground-breaking, trailblazing female Canadian artist from the ’60s and ’70s to a global superstar, having sold more than 55 million albums in pop, country, and adult contemporary music over her 40-year career.
“It’s a surreal and sometimes unnerving feeling to watch your life replay itself on screen, but I am honoured to have my story told by such a creative team,” said Anne Murray. “Seeing the old footage and hearing the words of my dear friends and collaborators takes me back to both the good times and the not so good ones. Throughout my career, the loyalty and support of my fans have been a constant. They were there with me every step of the way, even when others were not. I hope they enjoy this trip down memory lane.”
Anne Murray: Full Circle includes never-before-seen footage from Murray’s personal archives, along with interviews with a star-studded cast of artists, collaborators, and colleagues, including Shania Twain, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Jann Arden, Kenny Loggins, and Gordon Lightfoot. Her music and hit songs are celebrated throughout the film with 19 iconic music tracks that span her entire career, including “Snowbird,” “You Needed Me,” “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do,” “Could I Have This Dance,” “Danny’s Song” and more.
Anne Murray: Full Circle is a Network Entertainment production, directed by Morgan Elliott and Adrian Buitenhuis and produced by Network’s Lynn Fuhr, John Barbisan, and Adrian Buitenhuis; with Executive Producers Derik Murray, Bruce Allen, Darlene Sawyer, Tim Gamble, Jesse James Miller; and Universal Music Canada’s Jeffrey Remedios, Dave Harris, and Sam Sutherland. For CBC, Sally Catto is General Manager, Entertainment, Factual, & Sports; Jennifer Dettman is Executive Director, Unscripted Content; Sandra Kleinfeld is Senior Director, Documentary; and Mike Miner is Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Docs.
Cineplex will hold a special one-night screening event of the film in 50 theatres across Canada on Thursday, December 2. Click here to find tickets and theatre locations.
CBC’s exclusive broadcast and streaming debut of the film is Friday, December 17 at 8 p.m. (8:30 p.m. NT) on CBC TV and CBC Gem.