The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps

Directed by Julia Parnell
New Zealand
95 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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The ups and many downs of one of New Zealand’s most beloved bands as seen through their eccentric bandleader and his personal struggles.

In the '80s, isolated Dunedin on New Zealand's South Island produced a lively postpunk scene that punched above its weight. The Chills defined the Dunedin sound; powered by introverted founder Martin Phillipps's brilliant songwriting, the local heroes became critical darlings and toured the world. But beset by tragedy, bad blood and constant personnel changes, they slid into obscurity as Phillipps sank into addiction. A sober, humbled Phillipps attempts once again to revive his career in this emotional documentary, facing a harrowing struggle with hepatitis – and sorting through his obsessively hoarded collectibles. Packed with bracing archive footage of the glory years, it's an invigorating, emotional tribute to a great band.

This is a story of a musical genius, honest and insightful and beautifully told, and rounded off with stunning images of the local landscape.
Francesca Rudkin, New Zealand Herald
Enthralling, emotional, and at times bleakly comical, this is a revealing film that also conveys a real New Zealand-ness in both personality and place.
Steve Newall,

Special Guests

Julia Parnell
Director, Producer
Martin Phillipps


Fri 14 June
Dendy Newtown
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 June
Event Cinemas George St 5
Past Event Cancel
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Program Strand
Sounds on Screen, Focus on New Zealand, Festival Guests
Unclassified 18+
New Zealand
In English
Julia Parnell
Julia Parnell, Nicola Peeperkoorn, Tim Riley
Tim Flower
Dion Schmidt
Australian Premiere
Documentary, Women Directors, Biography, Music
Company Credits
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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