“Something Special. Fantastically revelatory. Not to be missed.” - Andrew Pulver, The Guardian
“Absorbing and deftly crafted.” - Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Neither for the ears of the elderly nor for those with middle-aged perspectives, Jobriath voiced the excess destitution of New York's most tormentedly aware, whose lives were favoured by darkness. Cinematic themes of desperate dramas in paranoid shadows were presented as choppy and carnivalesque melodies...Neither America nor England was quite ready. "
Seventies glam rock musician Jobriath, also known as “The American Bowie,” “The True Fairy of Rock & Roll,” and “Hype of the Year.” The first openly gay rock star, Jobriath’s reign was brief, lasting less than two years and two albums. Done in by a over‐hyped publicity machine, shunned by the gay community, and dismissed by critics as all flash and no substance, Jobriath was excommunicated from the music business. He retreated to the Chelsea Hotel where he died, forgotten, in 1983 at the age of 37, as one of the earliest casualties of AIDS.
In the years since his death, new generations of fans have discovered his music through acts as diverse as Morrissey, Def Leppard, The Pet Shop Boys, and Gary Numan, all of whom have cited Jobriath as an influence. Through interviews, archival material, and animation, audiences can experience the heartbreaking and unbelievable story of the one, the only, Jobriath.
The film features narrator Henry Rollins (Black Flag) and interviews with current musical artists inspired by Jobriath including:
Marc Almond, Joey Arias, Jayne County, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters, Will Sheff of Okkervil River, Ygarr Ygarrist of Zolar X, and Justin Tranter of Semi Precious Weapons.
Features music by Curtis Mayfield, David Bowie, T. Rex, Zolar X and Status Quo.
WRITER & DIRECTOR: KIERAN TURNER
PRODUCER: KIERAN TURNER
EDITOR: DANNY BRESNIK
CINEMATOGRAPHERS: MICHAEL CANZONIERO, PJ GAYNARD
SOUND: RACHEL CHANCEY
MUSIC: IAN MOORE, JASON STACZEK
Narrated by HENRY ROLLINS
Rated M – Coarse Language and Sexual References
VIEW THE TRAILER HERE: https://vimeo.com/44007304
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