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Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues

USA, 2004 (MIFF 2005, Backbeat: Music on Film)

Director: Morgan Neville

As country music's first superstar, and perhaps its most influential artist, there's much to celebrate in the legend of Hank Williams. But his life was also tremendously tragic, with the trials and heartaches that resounded through his life and music only ending with his premature death, aged 29. Living through turbulent personal and family problems, physical pain and substance abuse, Hank Williams' timeless appeal lay in his knack for drawing on his own experiences to make music that was artful, literate and down-to-earth all at once. [Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues] features rare performance footage and interviews with Williams' friends, family members and band mates, painting a vivid portrait of this singular artist. Depicting a sexy, cocksure artist who was also an anguished loner, a bar-room brawler and binge drinker who loved his family but couldn't live with them, this film demonstrates why Hank Sr is now seen as the archetypal country singer against which all others are still inevitably measured.
D Morgan Neville P/S Morgan Neville, Colin Escott WS 3DD TD video/ col/2004/81mins Morgan Neville was born in Los Angeles, USA, in 1967. His films include [The Songmakers Collection: The Hits] (2001), [Muddy Waters Can't Be Satisfied] (2003), [Shakespeare was a Big George Jones Fan: 'Cowboy' Jack Clement's Home Movies] (2005).

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