Hot Docs Celebrates 25: The Trolley

A limited number of same-day tickets will be available at Cinesphere beginning at 1:30 pm on May 5.


Ontario Place, West Commons Sat, May 5, 2018 3:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:Special Events & Big Ideas Series
Film Subjects:Ecology & the Environment
Urban Cultures & Issues
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Stephen Low
Producer(s):Pietro L. Serapiglia
Stephen Low
Executive Producer(s):Paul Globus
Editor(s):James Lahti
Writer(s):Stephen Low
Cinematography:Tristan Breeuwer
Composer:Beach House
Bruno Coulais
Sound:Peter Thillaye
Cory Mandel


Join us as Hot Docs hosts its first-ever IMAX screening at Cinesphere with the world premiere of The Trolley.

The first fully functional trolley car was considered a miracle of the electric age, sparing citizens from piles of putrid horse manure and allowing them to glide effortlessly through daily commutes. Within a short period, trolleys revolutionized cities—yet today, only a few urban centres still use them. Traveling from Milan to Hong Kong and featuring the TTC's Red Rocket fleet through the years, this immersive cinema experience traces the invention, popularization and decline of a marvel of modern technology. Created specifically for IMAX presentation by Stephen Low (son of IMAX inventor and documentary pioneer Colin Low), it's a musical journey through the decades, a love letter to a bygone era—and a vision for a tram-filled future. As the world becomes increasingly urbanized and planners seek sustainable means of transportation, could the trolley see a resurgence? Alexander Rogalski

Presented in partnership with Ontario Place Corporation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and sponsored by the City of Toronto.

Additional Information

Toronto Star - 3 Stars, "Savour the visuals."

Scene Creek - 3.5 Stars, "A well-made film."

POV - "As both spectacle and celebration, The Trolley gets the job done."

The Globe and Mail - "Director Stephen Low on his new doc The Trolley, the beauty of streetcars and shooting on IMAX."

Northern Stars - "IMAX at Hot Docs"

Urban Toronto - "Hot Docs Starts Tomorrow: A Few Films to Consider"

Screen Anarchy - "Hot Docs 2018 Curtain Raiser: From M.I.A. To MeToo"