SCREENING: 02 April 2017 at 14:00

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 2016, Dirs. Alex Crowton and Bobby Dass, UK, 90min 

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.