Swan Song

An immersive, behind-the-scenes look at one of the world’s leading ballet companies as it mounts a new production of Swan Lake. Ballet icon Karen Kain, on the eve of her retirement, directs the National Ballet of Canada. The film weaves together intimate scenes of the creative process and the dancers’ personal lives. Executive Produced by Neve Campbell.

“Remarkable… Raw, gorgeous, provocative, enlightening piece of art.”

The Globe & Mail

“A stunning documentary.”

Deadline Hollywood

“An artfully anxiety-inducing backstage drama. A vérité portrait of the sweat, tears, triumphs, and many advils entailed in mounting a ballet.”

POV Magazine

“This is a magnificent and moving film.”

Brief Take

“A must-see….Chelsea Mcmullan has created a cinematic masterpiece that will linger in your heart long after the final curtain falls. A beautifully crafted documentary that offers an intimate and eye-opening look into the world of ballet.”

Layered Butter

“Nothing short of riveting.”

That Shelf

“A fascinating film about all the intricacies of putting on a show.”

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awards & festivals


Venue City Opening Date
IFC Center 5 New York, NY 07/26/2024
Center For The Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, NM 07/26/2024
Laemmle Monica Film Center Santa Monica, CA 08/05/2024
Laemmle Claremont 5 Claremont, CA 08/05/2024
Laemmle Glendale Glendale, CA 08/05/2024
Laemmle Town Center 5 Encino, CA 08/05/2024
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