The Chills: The Triumph & Tragedy of Martin Phillipps

Martin Phillipps came tantalizingly close to conquering the international musical world with his band The Chills, but instead fell into decades of debt and addiction in his hometown of Dunedin, New Zealand. At 54, he’s been given a dire medical prognosis, forcing him to face his demons and realise his musical ambitions before it’s too late.

This intimate portrait follows the eccentric Martin as he reconciles a lifetime’s worth of curious collections, looks back on a catalogue of heavenly pop hits and relives his place in the iconic Flying Nun and Dunedin sound. With a startling sense of humour even in the blackest moments, we bare witness to one man’s universal battle with the fear of failure and the jarring reality of his own mortality.



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Credits

Directors:

Julia Parnell, Rob Curry

Executive Producer:

Brett Mills, Michael Harper, James Nicholls, Paul Reid

Producer:

Nicola Peeperkorn, Tim Riley, Julia Parnell

Cinematographer:

Timothy Flower

Editor:

Dion Schmidt

Music:

The Chills

Contact

Distributor:

Submarine Entertainment
info@submarine.com

Public Film Contact:

Jasmin McSweeney
New Zealand Film Commission
jasmin@nzfilm.co.nz
+64 4 382 7680

Publicity Contact:

Nicola Peeperkoorn
njpeeperkoorn@gmail.com
+64 21 131 5529

Details

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Year:

2019

Premiere Status:

World Premiere

Genres:

Biography, Documentary, Music

Screening Section:

24 Beats Per Second

Screening Category:

Documentary Feature

Language:

English

Runtime:

95:23 mins