American: The Bill Hicks Story
UK 2010, 102 min, Video, Dir: Matt Harlock & Paul Thomas
Screenings:
  • Thursday April 28, 2011 at 7:00PM
  • Saturday April 30, 2011 at 9:00PM
  • Sunday May 1, 2011 at 7:00PM

Three years in the making, American: The Bill Hicks Story brings the tale of one of modern culture’s most iconic heroes to the big screen. Much more than a comedian, Bill Hicks was and still is an inspiration to millions. His timeless comedy tackled the contradictions of America and modern life head on. But his unique gift was to tease apart the essence of religion, the dangers of unbridled government power and the double standards inherent in much of modern society, using nothing but his hilarious ideas and the uncompromising observational style that continues to resonate with successive generations. Like many who have a strong sense of their place in history, Hicks left a large unseen legacy; his collection of video recordings and hundreds of photographs became the starting point for this feature-length animated documentary. These raw materials were put together to recreate a full sense of Bill’s life, ambitions and achievements and a lasting testament as to why he will remain one of the enduring cultural cornerstones of our age.

“Hilarious and moving, its greatest triumph is in giving us a profound sense of just what his death robbed us of.” Glasgow Evening News

“The film gets as close to Hicks the man as we can hope for, and he emerges as an even more courageous, visionary figure as a result.” Sight & Sound

Trailer at Apple.com
Rating: 14A (14A)
Advisories:
  • Coarse Language
  • Substance Abuse
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