Scot McFadyen is a Canadian film director, producer and music supervisor whose work focuses on the subculture of heavy metal. He co-owns Toronto-based production company Banger Films with Sam Dunn.

Scot McFadyen
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupationdirector, producer, music supervisor
Awards2007 Gemini Award for Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
2009 SXSW Viewers Choice Award for Iron Maiden: Flight 666
2010 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award for Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage


Metal: A Headbanger's JourneyEdit

McFadyen's first film, co-directed with Dunn and Jessica Wise, was released in 2005. The film follows Dunn on a journey to document the origins, culture and appeal of heavy metal. It also explores the themes of heavy metal: violence, death, religion and Satanism, gender and sexuality.

Global MetalEdit

Released in 2008, McFadyen and Dunn co-directed a new film, Global Metal. In the film, McFadyen and Dunn set out to discover how the West’s most maligned musical genre — heavy metal[citation needed] — has impacted the world’s cultures beyond Europe and North America. The film follows metal fan, host and anthropologist Sam Dunn on a whirlwind journey through Asia, South America and the Middle East as he explores the underbelly of the world’s emerging extreme music scenes — from Indonesian death metal to Israeli Oriental metal and Chinese black metal to Iranian thrash metal, etc. The film reveals a worldwide community of metalheads who are not only absorbing metal from the West, but are also transforming it and creating a new form of cultural expression in societies dominated by conflict, corruption and mass consumerism.[1]

Iron Maiden: Flight 666Edit

McFadyen and Dunn co-wrote and co-directed the 2009 documentary Iron Maiden: Flight 666. The film chronicles the band's 2008 tour in which a converted Boeing 757 was flown from country to country by vocalist Bruce Dickinson.

Rush: Beyond The Lighted StageEdit

In 2009, McFadyen and Dunn started working on a documentary about progressive metal band Rush. The film premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 29,[2] winning the festival's Audience Award.[3]


Year Film
2005 Metal: A Headbanger's Journey
2008 Global Metal
2009 Iron Maiden: Flight 666
2010 Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage
2011 Metal Evolution
2014 Super Duper Alice Cooper


  1. ^ Mann, Michael (October 2005). "Heavy Metal". The Nerve Magazine. The Nerve Magazine. Retrieved October 27, 2007.
  2. ^ Liss, Sarah (April 30, 2010). "Living in the limelight: Canadian rock legends Rush get the documentary treatment". CBC News. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
  3. ^ CBC News staff (May 2, 2010). "Rush doc nabs Tribeca audience prize". CBC News. Retrieved December 26, 2011.

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