Supermensch – The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013) MIFF Review


US 85 Mins

Ever heard of Shep Gordon? Me neither. But he is really quite a legend – watching even the opening of this documentary tells you a lot about who he was and what he has contributed to the world of entertainment. After dealing drugs to greats like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morison, he took Alice Cooper from obscurity to legendary status; he worked with great African-American artists such as Teddy Pendergrass to break down the disparities in pay and conditions for touring African-American performers; he invented the celebrity chef and he bedded a lot of beautiful women. And is apparently one of the nicest guys in the world.

It’s almost impossible to not like Shep Gordon after seeing this documentary, and perhaps that is because it was directed by Mike Myers, who clearly loves the man. He appears to be quite self-deprecating, charming, and alarming honest, and all this left me wondering what people who are not huge fans think. Surely there must be some other side of him? Surely?

Supermensch – The Legend of Shep Gordon is screening at 9pm on Friday August 1 and at 9pm on Sunday August 3 at the Forum. Book tickets at MIFF or call 9662 3722

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