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Dir. Graham Bendel, UK, 2005, 70'
Billy Childish, hailing from Chatham, is a prolific artist who's recorded over 100 LPs, created thousands of paintings, woodcuts and poems. A novelist, photographer and a professional pain in the artworld's backside - there is no one like Billy Childish.
First time director Graham Bendel began making this film about 20 years ago, and it was no easy ride. Childish - as one might expect - was difficult and initially uncooperative. Eventually over the four-five years it took to make, he mellowed and the results are compelling, hilarious and very entertaining. Join Shane Macgowan, controversial US film director Larry Clark and former bandmates as they reminisce over Childish and his body of work - even discussing his relationship with Tracey Emin & influence on Nirvana & The White Stripes. Watch rare footage of The Milkshakes, Headcoats, Mighty Caesars and Buff Medways as we get an inkling into his world of art, garage punk/blues and lyrical anguish. Also starring Matthew Collings, Miranda Sawyer, Bruce Brand & Holly Golightly.
"A delight!" - The Independent.
"Bendel's film exists against the odds, which is presumably how self-proclaimed outsider Childish would have wanted it" - The Guardian.
"An unsycophantic documentary...that delivers plenty of Childish's gnomic personality" - Evening Standard (their Must-See DVD).
"A fascinating picture of a true radical traditionalist" - UNCUT Magazine.