The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps

Directed by Julia Parnell
2019
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, Flicks.co.nz

Special Guests

Julia Parnell
Director, Producer
Martin Phillipps

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Fri 14 June
9pm
Dendy Newtown
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Sun 16 June
2pm
Event Cinemas George St 5
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Program Strand
Sounds on Screen, Focus on New Zealand, Festival Guests
Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 18+
Country
New Zealand
Language
In English
Director
Julia Parnell
Producer
Julia Parnell, Nicola Peeperkoorn, Tim Riley
Cinematographer
Tim Flower
Editor
Dion Schmidt
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Documentary, Women Directors, Biography, Music
Company Credits
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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