Leytonstone Pop -Up Cinema’s new Autumn programme kicks off with the following screening:
Searching for Sugar Man (12)
Dir: Malik Bendjelloul. (2012) Sweden, USA, UK; 86 min.
This multi award winning documentary tells the almost unbelievable story of a Mexican-American songwriter Sixto Rodriguez whose two early seventies albums bombed in America, but who wound up finding a huge audience in Apartheid-era South Africa.
* Winner of BAFTA and Oscar Academy Awards 2013 for Best Documentary.
“In the early 1970s, Sixto Rodriguez was a Detroit folksinger who had a short-lived recording career with only two well received but non-selling albums. Unknown to Rodriguez, his musical story continued in South Africa where he became a pop music icon and inspiration for generations. Long rumored there to be dead by suicide, a few fans in the 1990s decided to seek out the truth of their hero’s fate. What follows is a bizarrely heartening story in which they found far more in their quest than they ever hoped.” – Kenneth Chisholm *
You can watch a clip of the film here.