Although I can in no way be mistaken for a music aficionado (my brain, it seems, is filled with film), I really enjoy music documentaries (and Wim Wenders makes an appearance here!). To be fair I'm a bit of documentary fiend in general - it goes with the history geek - so thanks to Umbrella Entertainment, I'm happy to have some tickets to give away for Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard.
This enthralling documentary takes you into the life of one of Australia's supreme musicians. And you really get a sense of his passion, his vision and that singular drive of a truly gifted soul. It's certainly a celebratory and at times elegiac documentary, but it goes a long way to show Rowland S. Howard as more than the freak 16 year old who penned the seminal song Shivers.
Here's the synopsis:
"Rowland was Australia's most unique, gifted and uncompromising guitarist." - Nick Cave
Guitarist, songwriter and artist Rowland S. Howard was an instrumental figure in the Australian rock scene, particularly renowned for his role in seminal post-punk outfit The Birthday Party. In a career spanning 30 years Howard worked with the best artists of his generation, including Henry Rollins, Lydia Lunch and Ollie Olsen. His was a singular talent, cut short by an untimely death in 2009.
Co-directed by Richard Lowenstein (Dogs in Space) and Lynn-Maree Milburn and featuring interviews with Nick Cave, Henry Rollins, Thurston Moore, Barry Adamson and many more.
You can watch a 6 min teaser too:
To win one of TEN double passes to see Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard, simply email me (subject: Autoluminescent) with your name and address. Winners will be notified by reply.
Australian release date: 27 October 2011