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A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake (2002)

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 »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Nick Drake Nick Drake ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Weller ... Himself
Gabrielle Drake ... Herself
Rodney Drake Rodney Drake ... Himself (archive footage)
Brian Wells Brian Wells ... Himself
Joe Boyd ... Himself
Robert Kirby Robert Kirby ... Himself
John Wood John Wood ... Himself
Mary Lloyd 'Molly' Drake Mary Lloyd 'Molly' Drake ... Herself (as Molly Drake)
Keith Morris Keith Morris ... Himself
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diaperato derma: Erga kai imeres tou Nick Drake See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,684, 19 May 2002

Gross USA:

$17,384

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,384
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Stereo

Color:

Color
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A strikingly well made tribute
25 May 2013 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

A sad, lovely and poetic (if brief at 48 minutes) look at the life and music of singer-songwriter Nick Drake.

As someone who respects Drake's work, but doesn't know it the way a real fan would, I found the documentary a bit opaque at times. I suspect it will have more impact to those already intimate with Drake's art.

But the film was still strikingly visual, artistic and subtle compared to most retrospective pieces about artists, while still giving a surprising amount of insight into both Drake's battles with depression, and his creative process. It made me determined to sit down and really listen to Drake's music, which is, in some ways, the best compliment you can pay a film like this.


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