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American: The Bill Hicks Story

October 14, 2009


IT IS perennially interesting that few overtly left wing comedians inspire the kind of vehemently devoted international following so long after their deaths as Bill Hicks.
Perhaps only Lenny Bruce and (perhaps only in the US and among comedy devotees ) George Carlin are spoken with in the same reverence.
AMERICAN: The Bill Hicks Story, a new movie by British film makers Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas premiers next week at the 53rd BFI London Film Festival.
It promises to be an innovative mix of animation and live stand-up clips which avoids the usual talking heads format used in previous Hicks’ documentaries like Totally Bill Hicks.
As well as being chosen for the London Film Festival, it has also been picked for the Sheffield Documentary Festival.
For members of the GM massive who are hoping to attend – sorry it’s all booked up, but for those of us in the muddy pool, FACT may come to our big screen aid before it inevitably heads to DVD. (No confirmation yet.
This quote from an Italian fan on the film’s message board illustrates Hicks’ enduring power:

A friend of mine told me to watch his shows, last November. From that moment, my perception of the world changed and lots of useless thought went right off my mind. Sadly, here in Italy he’s not that famous, but I’ve made my part and told my friends to watch him. I also made a tribute to this great man, on Youtube. He is a great inspiration to me and his words will never pass away. Grazie Bill.

A wee tearful moment may be appropriate and entirely understandable among the more emotional males.

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