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Autoluminescent - Interesting, Good, but not Great
Rowland S. Howard is depicted as a bold, passionate, innovative and opinionated guitarist. The film covers quite a bit of his early career in Australia, London and Berlin with The Boys Next Door / The Birthday Party. Nearly the first half of the film is dedicated to this period.
The rest of the film chronicles his career and personal life, skipping over certain projects but giving a general picture of his music's evolution. There is no shortage of interviews, which include Nick Cave, Mick Harvey and Howard, himself. Many more valuable view points come from his siblings, ex-lovers, old friends and fellow musicians.
I would say this film suffers mostly from occasional vagueness, a loose time line and a lack of photos and footage from certain periods in Howard's life. Overall it's an interesting and fairly insightful watch for those familiar with his music and fans of The Birthday Party. However, I can't guarantee that it will entertain the casual viewer.
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