Don't You Forget About Me (film)

Don't You Forget About Me is a 2009 Canadian documentary film about screenwriter, director, and producer John Hughes. Directed by Matt Austin, the film was named after the 1985 song of the same name by Simple Minds, which in turn was the theme song for Hughes' film The Breakfast Club. The film specifically focused on Hughes' fade from prominence in the early 1990s.

Don't You Forget About Me
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Directed byMatt Austin
Written byMatt Austin
Michael Facciolo
Kari Hollend
Lenny Panzer
Produced byMichael Baker
Michael Facciolo
Kari Hollend
Edited byFrank Guidoccio
Stay the Course Productions
Distributed byAlliance Films
Release date
  • November 3, 2009 (2009-11-03)
Running time
73 minutes


The documentary details the journey of a group of young filmmakers who go in search of the reclusive icon, documenting their search through interviews of the people with whom Hughes had worked and fans of his films. Those interviewed include Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Kelly Le Brock, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Kevin Smith, Roger Ebert, and Jim Kerr of the band Simple Minds.[1][2][3][4] Filming began in 2006.

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The film was completed in 2008, but did not find a distributor for over a year.[5]

When Hughes died of a heart attack, aged 59, on August 6, 2009, a bidding war broke out for the film. It was announced on August 11, 2009, that the film would be distributed by Alliance Films.[5] The film aired on the TV channel Encore for a brief time as well.


  1. ^ Barnes, Jessica (November 29, 2006). "A New Documentary Takes Us Back To Shermer, Illinois". Cinematical. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  2. ^ Davidson, Sean (May 15, 2006). "Dirty Movie". Playback. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  3. ^ Cieply, Michael (August 6, 2009). "John Hughes, Director of '80s Comedies, Dies at 59". The New York Times. Retrieved August 7, 2009.
  4. ^ Prato, Greg (August 16, 2006). "Simple Minds hit at center of new documentary". Billboard. Entertainment News Wire. Retrieved August 7, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Hughes Doc Finds Distributor". The Film Stage. August 11, 2009. Archived from the original on August 13, 2009. Retrieved August 11, 2009.

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