Press for The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song

The Globe and Mail - Liam Lacey
The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song: A Family Love Story
“unclassifiable...echoing the work of Bresson and the Dardennes”

Film Threat - Chase Whale
“this film wrecked me...the most poignant true story ever told”

National Post - Chris Knight
“elegantly slow reveal...heart shattering”

National Post - Jason Rehel
“a sensitive family portrait...as far away from shock-doc filmmaking... as you could get”

Now Magazine - Susan G. Cole
“cinematic gold”...”this one really creeps up on you.”

Indie Wire - Vanessa Martinez
Review: ‘The Bastard Sings The Sweetest Song’ A Subtle But Strikingly Moving Doc
“Christy Garlands’ direction augurs a genuine and compassionate must-see portrait of alcoholism, loving familial ties, trauma, breaking the abuse cycle, and ultimately of endurance and hope.”

Toronto Star - Linda Barnard
Caged Birds: The Bastard Sweetest Song - Review
“Canadian director Christy Garland somehow manages to let everybody keep their dignity in her sometimes disturbing look at a Guyanese family"

Torontoist - Angelo Muredda
The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song - A Guyanese poet and her son make music
“an honest, bruising film”

Exclaim Magazine - Robert Bell
Review
“Garland’s work shows an even hand and an eye for detail”

Press for Cheer Up

IndieWire
DOC NYC 2016: 13 Movies We Can’t Wait to See at the Festival
“Funny, fresh and very original - one of 13 most anticipated at DOCNYC”

New York Times/Women in the World
Meditations on failure from the worst cheerleading team in Finland
“gentle and deliberate”

iD-VICE Magazine
Documenting the emo cheerleaders of the arctic circle
“a biting portrait of young womanhood”

Toronto Star
Finding a reason to cheer at Hot Docs
“Far from a zero-to-hero story, there’s nothing predictable about Cheer Up"

Globe and Mail
Hot Docs 2016: What documentaries should you see at this year's fest?
“a great deal of courage in the film’s refusal of pat stories about underdog victories”

Women and Hollywood
Hot Docs 2016 Women Directors: Meet Christy Garland — “Cheer Up”

She Does the City
Hot Docs: Q&A with Cheer Up's Christy Garland

Edinburgh Film Guide
Film Review: Cheer Up

Toronto Film Scene
Hot Docs 2016 Review: Cheer Up

Dorkshelf
Hot Docs 2016: Cheer Up Review