Hot Docs 2015

The Dork Shelf Guide to Hot Docs 2015

Toronto’s biggest film festival this side of summer is upon us once again. Hot Docs has been responsible for bringing thousands of documentaries from around the world to audiences for 22 years now. These films range from Oscar winners to docs that end up toiling in obscurity despite greatness. The topics cover just about everything under the sun and beyond.

It truly is a city wide event, as the long list of venues illustrates. In addition to their Annex home base, the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, screenings will also be held in the Isabel Bader Theatre, Hart House Theatre, ROM Theatre, The Royal Cinema, Scotiabank Theatre, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Innis Town Hall, Fox Theatre, Kingsway Theatre, The Regent, and The Revue.

Every year Hot Docs has a program that focuses on a specific country, this year that country is India. Filmmakers will be attendance for Q&As following many of the screenings, and be sure to check out Scotiabank’s Big Ideas series which features five thought-provoking documentaries and will give audiences a chance to hear first-hand from the notable subjects and experts on the issues featured in the films. 

The festivities kick off Thursday, April 23rd, with the international premiere of Tig as the opening night film. The festival runs until Sunday May 3 and we will be adding reviews and interviews to this page throughout. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive all of our Hot Docs updates and coverage.


To browse the full list of what’s playing at the festival and buy tickets, visit Hot Docs official website.

REVIEWS (to be updated with new titles regularly)

Above and Below -International Spectrum

Being Canadian -Special Presentations


Best of Enemies -Next

Beyond the Fear -World Showcase

Censored Voices -World Showcase

Chuck Norris vs Communism -Screen On Screen


Danny -Special Presentations

Deprogrammed -Canadian Spectrum

A Different Drummer: Celebrating Eccentrics -Special Presentations

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of National Lampoon -Show Me The Funny


Jesus Town, USA -Canadian Spectrum

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck -Special Presentations

Live From New York! -Show Me The Funny

Listen To Me Marlon -Screen On Screen


The Nightmare -Nightvision

On Her Own -World Showcase

Pervert Park -World Showcase

Raiders! -Screen On Screen

Rolling Papers -Next

Seth’s Dominion -Canadian Spectrum

Stay Awhile -Next

Sweet Micky For President -Special Presentations

(T)error -Special Presentations

Thank You For Playing -Next

Tig -Show Me The Funny

The Visit -Nightvision

Welcome To Leith -Special Presentations

Western -Special Presentations

What Happened, Miss Simone? -Special Presentations

The Wolfpack -Screen On Screen


Malika Zouhali-Worrall and David Osit -Directors of Thank You For Playing

Pras Michel and Ben Patterson -Producer and Director of Sweet Micky For President

Daniel Roher -Director of Survivor’s Rowe

Tig Notaro -subject of Tig

Rob Cohen, Colin Keith Gray and Megan Raney Aarons -makers of Being Canadian

Tim Skousen -co-director – Raiders!

Morgan Schmidt-Feng and Nancy Prebilich -director and subject – On Her Own