In 1985, Steve Fonyo, at 19 years of age, completed his run across Canada, after having lost his left leg to cancer.

At first denounced as a Terry Fox copycat and unable to generate many donations, Steve ran past the spot where Terry Fox had been forced to stop. It was at this point when publicity picked up, donations poured in and by the time he reached the Pacific Ocean, $13 million for cancer research had been raised, and he was honoured by being named the youngest person ever to receive the Order of Canada.

The next 30 years were straight downhill: petty theft, larceny, drug addiction and the rescindment of the Order of Canada in 2010.

The documentary HURT ended on a Friday, the day of a violent home invasion which left Steve brain-damaged and in a coma for seventeen days and hospitalized for three months.

Once out of the hospital, he still had to contend with the life he had made for himself in Surrey, B.C., which included lingering drug problems, financial difficulties and jail time.

HOPE follows Steve as he leaves Surrey, and enters rehab in Powell River, B.C.


Word Premiere: 2017 HotDocs Film Festival
Director: Alan Zweig
Country of Production: Canada
Runtime: 76 minutes
Rating: R
Production Company: MDF Productions Inc.
Executive Producer: Peter Gentile
Producer: Peter Gentile
Screenplay: Alan Zweig
Cinematographers: John Price
Editor: Robert Swartz
Sound: Ryan Cox, Joe Babcock, Brent Calkin
Music: Ohad Benchetrit, Justin Small
Principal Cast: Steve Fonyo