TORONTO — Anne Murray's rise from small-town roots to international music stardom is getting the documentary treatment.
Producers say a new film centred on the life of the Springhill, N.S.-born singer will debut next month, first in theatres and then on CBC.
"Anne Murray: Full Circle," produced in association with her record label Universal Music Canada, retraces her trailblazing career using "never-before-seen footage" from Murray's "personal archives."
Murray sold more than 55 million albums over a 40-year career propelled by a collection of hits that include "Snowbird" and "Danny's Song." She was the first Canadian female solo singer to reach No. 1 on the U.S. charts.
The documentary includes interviews with friends and contemporaries, among them Shania Twain, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt and Gordon Lightfoot.
"Anne Murray: Full Circle" will screen one night in theatres across Canada on Dec. 2 before its CBC broadcast on Dec. 17 and a simultaneous streaming launch on CBC Gem.
The film was helmed by longtime TV director Morgan Elliott and Adrian Buitenhuis, who worked on "I Am Patrick Swayze" and several other celebrity-themed "I Am..." documentaries.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 18, 2021.
David Friend, The Canadian Press
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously listed international distribution partners. In fact, the film has not secured distribution with these partners.