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BETTER THAN SOMETHING - JAY REATARD

USA, 2011 (MIFF 2011, Backbeat)

Director: Alex Hammond, Ian Markiewicz

BETTER THAN SOMETHING - JAY REATARD

"Some people think you have a certain amount of songs before you dry up. I tend to think it's like an amount of time, so I'm racing against time constantly." - Jay Reatard

In 2010, at the age of 29, garage rock legend Jay Reatard was found dead in his Memphis home, a lethal cocktail of booze and cocaine in his system. His death cut short a controversial and much remarked upon career that redefined American punk.

Featuring never before seen live footage and in depth interviews with the man himself, Better than Something is a fitting tribute to Reatard's prodigious talent and volatile, all too brief life.

"A compelling, compassionate portrait of an artist who will always be an enigma." - Live From Memphis

D Alex Hammond, Ian Markiewicz P Alex Hammond, Joseph Berger TD digibeta/2011

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