Closing this Thursday, December 4th
Edwyn Collins suffered life-threatening cerebral haemorrhages in 2005, and lost the ability to talk. As he edged towards a recovery, the only words he could initially say were “yes” and “no”, and “the possibilities are endless.” In this beautiful, heart-wrenching documentary, filmmakers James Hall and Edward Lovelace pay tribute to Collins’ strength of character, celebrate the love between him and his devoted, indomitable wife, Grace Maxwell, and attempt to convey what it must have been like for Edwyn following his illness, when his memory was essentially wiped.
They do this by snatching archive from a glorious pop career, from the cocky jangle of Collins’ influential post-punk group Orange Juice through to his brilliant solo work that reaped rewards with the global hit that was A Girl Like You and by recreating sweet scenes with Edwyn’s son William playing Edwyn as a younger man. (Notes by Michael Hayden.)
Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.
★★★★★ The Guardian ★★★★ The Irish Times ★★★★ Irish Independent