A study, mostly chronological, of the life of Nick Drake (1948-1974). Gabrielle, his older sister, tells us of her brother's birth in Burma, childhood in Warwickshire, life at Cambridge and... See full summary »
A study, mostly chronological, of the life of Nick Drake (1948-1974). Gabrielle, his older sister, tells us of her brother's birth in Burma, childhood in Warwickshire, life at Cambridge and in London, then back to his parents' home in Tanworth. His parents describe his habits and personality. Two friends and the producer, arranger, sound engineer, and photographer for his three albums comment. His mother, a musician and poet, is an early influence. His quiet folk style made his one tour a disaster. His lack of success and gradual withdrawal end with his death at 26. Eleven of his recordings play on the soundtrack, usually as we see his room, a city, or the Warwickshire countryside. Written by
Fame is but a fruit tree..........................
I saw this about 3 years ago and was fortunate enough to be at a screening afterwards which there was a question and answer session with the director. The film itself is beautifully shot with nice sweeping camera shots over the English countryside which accurately evoke the organic nature of Nick Drake's music. The only moving images of Nick Drake as a child playing on a beach is a treat for hardcore fans like myself. From what the director said this was not someone jumping on the bandwagon of posthumous hype that has been created since what is regarded by many as the corporate violation of drake's music. The director crafted this documentary in such a way that it satisfies the itching curiosity of fans wishing to get closer to this mysterious folk icon at the same time as it stands alone as intelligent piece of film-making.
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