2016, Dirs. Alex Crowton and Bobby Dass, UK, 90min
Hull - 4.30pm 13th May - Tickets here
London Hackney - 8.30pm 3rd May - Tickets here
Film followed by a Q&A with director Alex Crowton
This documentary chronicles the life of Mark Linkous and pays respectful tribute to an artist feverishly beloved by his cult followers. An artist far removed from the mainstream of music, his existence mirrored his mesmerising and unique music.
Sparklehorse’s music was heralded by his peers and critics; a mix of alt-country, discordant punk and psychedelic pop; it has been described as “defiantly surrealist… with all manner of references to smiling babies, organ music, birds, and celestial bodies.” Collaborators included PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, The Flaming Lips, Danger Mouse, David Lynch and Thom Yorke of Radiohead.
Featuring interviews with Jonathon Donahue and Grasshopper (Mercury Rev), David Lowery (Cracker), Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Gemma Hayes, Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid), Ed Harcourt, Matthew Wright, John Parish, Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Emily Haines (Metric), the film also features an in-depth interview with Linkous himself.
He was at once a humble, modest man and the epitome of a Southern gentleman. He was also a recovering addict who battled with debilitating bouts of depression. The dual nature of his personality reflects the extremes of his music; beautiful, surreal, off-kilter pop contrasted with dark, distorted ballads and discordant punk-rock.
The BFI is funding ‘Transformative Film Culture For Hull', as part of its National Lottery-funded BFI Film Audience Network and led by its lead partner BFI Film Hub North. Delivered through Hull 2017 and by Hull Independent Cinema and a unique partnership of film festival, educational and archive partners from across the north, the film programme will bring a packed programme of more than 400 screenings, one-off events and film festivals throughout the year to Hull and the region. The programme reflects the BFI’s activities across the UK to bring film to audiences where there is less opportunity for them to experience and engage in film, and to support local film networks and audience initiatives. There will be much to explore, celebrate and enjoy.