The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps

The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps

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The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps

Julia Parnell (New Zealand) and co-director Rob Curry (UK) tell the cautionary story of musician Martin Phillipps and his legendary band, The Chills.

"Martin Phillipps came tantalisingly close to conquering the international musical world with his band The Chills, but instead fell into decades of debt and addiction in his hometown of Dunedin, New Zealand. At 54, he’s been given a dire medical prognosis, forcing him to face his demons and realise his musical ambitions before it’s too late. This intimate portrait follows the eccentric Martin as he reconciles a lifetime’s worth of curious collections, looks back on a catalogue of heavenly pop hits and relives his place in the iconic Flying Nun and Dunedin sound. With a startling sense of humour even in the blackest moments, we bare witness to one man’s universal battle with the fear of failure and the jarring reality of his own mortality." (SXSW Film Festival)

2019Rating: M, Offensive language & drug references95 minsNew Zealand
DocumentaryMusicFestival & Independent
Director:
Julia Parnell ('Wilbur: The King in the Ring')Rob Curry ('The Boat People', 'The Ballad of Shirley Collins')
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Stuff

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[Martin] Phillipps' story, his long journey back to physical and spiritual health, his acceptance of his legacy and the promise of his newfound future makes for an engrossing and watchable film.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

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This is a story of a musical genius, honest and insightful and beautifully told, and rounded off with stunning images of the local landscape.

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A solid music doco detailing the heights and the darkest of depths which come with stardom and chasing greatness. Martin Phillipps fits the troubled musician archetype to a tee and for much of its duration, the doco builds a surprising amount of suspense and sadness. Difficult to watch on occasion but extremely honest and revealing

5.0
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Stuff

Stuff

press

[Martin] Phillipps' story, his long journey back to physical and spiritual health, his acceptance of his legacy and the promise of his newfound future makes for an engrossing and watchable film.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

This is a story of a musical genius, honest and insightful and beautifully told, and rounded off with stunning images of the local landscape.

4.0
0

A solid music doco detailing the heights and the darkest of depths which come with stardom and chasing greatness. Martin Phillipps fits the troubled musician archetype to a tee and for much of its duration, the doco builds a surprising amount of suspense and sadness. Difficult to watch on occasion but extremely honest and revealing

5.0
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