Robbie Robertson documentary opens TIFF in a ‘golden age’ for rock docs – CBC

by ahnationtalk on September 6, 2019209 Views

Once Were Brothers is a part of a boom in rock docs. But do stars wield too much power over these stories?

Sep 05, 2019

It’s a story well known to Robbie Robertson fans and those who read his 2016 memoir Testimony: A 16-year-old Robertson convinces Ronnie Hawkins to let him join his band with the promise that “no one will work harder.”

(The Hawk, so the story goes, nodded and said, “I know.”)

Some 60 years later, a Canadian filmmaker in his early 20s approached Robertson in hopes of directing a film based on that memoir, using similar words while lobbying for the job.

“I was jumping up and down, being like, ‘It’s gotta be me! No one else will give this more than I will,'” said Toronto director Daniel Roher, now 26.

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