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May iPad

Syndicado shops ‘lost’ Leonard Cohen doc

Toronto-based distributor Syndicado has acquired US digital rights to a documentary following Leonard Cohen on tour in 1972 that had long been presumed lost.

Bird on a Wire has been picked up by the digital-focused distributor as part of a seven-doc deal with UK documentary director Tony Palmer and UK producer Isolde Films.

Bird on a Wire follows Cohen on his 1972 tour, when confrontations with fans and security guards culminated in an emotional crisis in Jerusalem.

Revered by Cohen devotees, the film only ever existed in bootleg form until 2010 when it was painstakingly restored from the original footage.

Other titles featured in the deal include The World of Peter Sellers, a doc originally banned by the BBC in 1971. Palmer’s profile of the late star was, in the words of the film’s subject himself, “the only portrait which really understood me.” 

The World of Hugh Hefner, The World of Liberace, portraits of the German composers Hindemith and Carl Orff, plus a controversial examination of The Wagner Family are also included.

Syndicado will now shop the docs to the US VoD market

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