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Watch exclusive clip from Rob Ford documentary

Posted by Staff / May 16, 2014

rob ford documentaryA documentary is in the works about our embattled Mayor Rob Ford. Tharanga Ramanayake, a former producer at CityTV, has been working on the doc since last August and has already compiled more than 55 hours of footage. He reached out to us today to share an initial clip featuring former Gawker Editor John Cook speaking about the time he viewed the notorious crack video. Watch the clip below:

Ramanayake hopes to complete the doc shortly before the upcoming election. Expect to see cameos from local luminaries like Robyn Doolittle, Kevin Donovan and Adam Vaughan but since the doc isn't authorized by the Mayor himself access to the Fords has been limited largely to media scrums in and around City Hall.

The doc is independently produced and doesn't yet have a distributor but Ramanayake hopes to have it picked up by a local broadcaster and screen it at local film fests this Fall.

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18 Comments

Drew / May 16, 2014 at 12:41 pm
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Yeah someone else is trying to make a name for themselves off the Rob Ford Gravy train.... Get on it while it lasts....
musashi / May 16, 2014 at 12:56 pm
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Hey Drew. I know Tharanga and among the film and TV community in this city, he already has a name and is known for doing good work...looking forward to it!
Drew replying to a comment from musashi / May 16, 2014 at 01:16 pm
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Yes he has a bit of a name for some of his City TV work, but let's maximize on it.
musashi / May 16, 2014 at 01:26 pm
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Dude, the guy is very well regarded by a lot of people in the industry...he is not some guy fresh out of Ryerson looking to use Ford as a springboard to a career...he already has one...he is a film maker taking on a topic that the whole world is interested in...whats wrong with that?
Bob / May 16, 2014 at 01:48 pm
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Ford isn't interesting. He is dull and uncharismatic. He's like the lazy, lying self-entitled dullards that growing up with a silver spoon often creates. His crack addiction and criminal associations is the only thing that will ever be remembered about him long after he's removed in October. Or before.
Please / May 16, 2014 at 02:36 pm
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Bob I hate it when people hate on people who come from money. So if you came from nothing and made something of yourself, your kids will then be shit? People who inherit or have money got that way because somebody worked their ass off in that bloodline. If you hate silver spoons don't listen to Queens of the Stone Age, The Strokes, watch half of the Hollywood actors and directors and think JFk was anything special.
AllCokedOut / May 16, 2014 at 02:44 pm
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Supply and demand, hard at work. Only, there's no demand from me at least: I've been watching the documentary play out in real life for months now. For free. I don't see a need to plunk money down to watch it on the large screen.
Steven / May 16, 2014 at 02:46 pm
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I hope the rest of the documentary is more interesting than that clip was. A teaser clip should leave the viewer wanting more. Lets hope this will offer something we haven't already seen and is more than just 90 minutes of 6 o'clock news snippets put together to make a film.
Kris / May 17, 2014 at 02:10 am
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Not to self promote myself or anything, but I also made a Rob Ford short doc for a class of mine at Seneca....

I interviewed Doug Ford for the doc, and he didn't mind.

take a look if you got the chance....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM62Hcw4-gw

@krisreports
Boring subject / May 17, 2014 at 07:45 am
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Boring film
Irwin Mimicoke / May 17, 2014 at 10:56 am
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Is fawning, brainless, bigot-lover Irwin Mimico in the documentary? Watch for cement dust!
DavidPrice / May 17, 2014 at 02:08 pm
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How about a documentary on ford family? Start with a story on his doucebag father who bullied and insulted his fellow politicians. Move onto Rofos crappy childhood without being loved or accepted as a real fod. End with Renata leaving Rofo and his limpless body being.found dead in his escalade.
HmmmSomedayMaybe / May 17, 2014 at 08:21 pm
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Everyone is Ford'ed out, for now. You'll need momentum to come from somewhere. I can't see a demand for it right now. If someday the police need to arrest him (wouldn't hold my breath if I were you), that would provide momentum. Right now there's just two types of audience members. Those of us who support Ford (I know I'm not interested in seeing the film), and those who dislike him, and as you can see, many can't be bothered with this subject either.

Off subject, hope you guys have an amazing safe weekend.
HmmmSomedayMaybe / May 17, 2014 at 08:21 pm
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Everyone is Ford'ed out, for now. You'll need momentum to come from somewhere. I can't see a demand for it right now. If somed
Docs on Bigots / May 18, 2014 at 01:04 am
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Big Fan, Big Fan
D.W.Griffiths / May 18, 2014 at 01:05 am
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Call it: Birth of a Nation
Sandra Pavan replying to a comment from DavidPrice / May 19, 2014 at 11:30 am
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This is actually a great idea--a documentary that peers deeply into the patriarch first and foremost, and the sons are more secondary, revealing the aftermath of what happens when you lead a family the way that Sr. did.

THAT is a (cautionary tale) documentary that would clean up at Hot Docs.
Oscar Committee Recommendation / May 20, 2014 at 10:49 am
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This documentary should include Doug Ford's purchase of the autistic teenager's group home, the purchase of the Basso crack house, the purchase of Rob "Junkie" Ford's rehab house in Muskoka. Doug Ford will also be buying all Dixon Blood gang hangouts in Rexdale. Same "neighbourhood ruining" reasoning. Oh, and Dougie the Drugdealer will also be buying Irwin Mimico's cement plant...and is going to run it 24/7, 365 days., renaming it the "Irwin Mimico Bigotry Plant".

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