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The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash Unclassified 15+

Director: Thom Zimny Country: USA (2019)
Language: English

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Johnny Cash’s story has never been told like this. Thom Zimny’s seamless, collage-style oral history refuses to walk the line. Stripped back, essential, like the American Recordings albums Cash made with producer Rick Rubin, it gazes past the myth of the Man in Black and into his soul.

The film’s emotional centre is Cash’s 1968 performance at Folsom State Prison, California. Zimny (known for his many Bruce Springsteen films) channels the allure of lawlessness that followed the hard-living country singer, but emphasises that Johnny championed “the ones who are held back”. Folsom was also a triumphant professional moment within a tumultuous career that slewed between self-sabotage and redemption.

Cash himself narrates from tapes recorded for his 1997 autobiography, while other voices – his friends, children, admirers and music historians – illuminate Zimny’s tapestry of archival photos and footage. Both devoted fans and newcomers who only know Cash’s legend will be thrilled by this film’s insistence on his humanity.

“A richly textured portrait infused with sympathetic but unvarnished honesty, one that likely will endure as necessary source material for any future biographer.” – Variety

Guests: Thom Zimny

Tickets

1101
Sat 03 Aug 1:15 pm [1101]
Forum Theatre Wheelchair Access
Past event
5231
Mon 05 Aug 6:45 pm [5231]
Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Auditorium
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Featured Subjects
John Carter Cash, Johnny Cash, June Carter, Rosanne Cash
Director
Thom Zimny
Producers
Glen Zipper, Jillian Apfelbaum, Sean Stuart, Thom Zimny
Screenwriter
Warren Zanes
Cinematographer
Charles Libin, Nicola Marsh
Composer
Mike McCready
Editor
Chris Iversen
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital

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