Friday, December 2, 2011

autoluminescent: Rowland S Howard

Directors: Richard Lowenstein and Lynn-Maree Milburn

Rowland S Howard was a composer, guitarist, and singer who was a member of the post-punk band The Birthday Party with Nick Cave. This affectionate bioflic documents his life and times and follows the independent, Melbourne band from London to West Berlin. Acknowledged as one of the most significant independent guitarists, Rowland's personal life was sadly dogged by his heroin addiction but the movie gives a refreshingly honest insight into the artist’s miseries, and triumphs (including the falling out between Cave and Rowland). Plenty newsreel footage and revealing interviews with friends, family and colleagues, including Cave, Mick Harvey, Wim Wenders and Lydia Lunch. Autoluminescent will interest both Howard devotees and the merely curious.

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