In celebration of the late Phil Lynott’s 71st birthday, Break Out Pictures and Eagle Rock films have shared the brand new trailer for director Emer Reynolds’ hotly-anticipated film, Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away. You can check it out below.
The new film is a feature documentary on the life and music of Phil Lynott, telling the story of how a young black boy from working class 1950’s Dublin, became Ireland’s greatest Rock Star. As lead singer of Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott was a songwriter, a poet, a dreamer, a wild man. Told extensively through the words of Lynott himself and focusing on some of his iconic songs, the film gets to the heart of Philip, the father, the husband, the friend, the son, the rock icon, the poet and the dreamer.
Prior to the release of the trailer, a teaser clip was shared earlier this week. That featured audio of Lynott recounting a conversation with the principal of his school. “He goes, ‘What do you wanna do? ’Lynott says. “Do you want a good, steady trade, a job? Or do you wanna be a dirty rock musician?”
The documentary also features interviews with a variety of musicians, including U2’s Adam Clayton, Suzi Quatro, Huey Lewis, James Hetfield of Metallica and Ultravox’s Midge Ure. Thin Lizzy members Eric Bell, Scott Gorham and Darren Wharton will also appear.
Daughters Sarah Lynott and Cathleen Howard-Lynott stated their support and excitement for the new documentary: “As always, we are incredibly proud of our Dad and we loved having the opportunity to look at the man behind the music with this film.”
The movie takes its name from a track from Thin Lizzy’s much-acclaimed 1973 album, Vagabonds Of The Western World. It is set for theatrical release in Ireland this fall. International release details have yet to be confirmed.
Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away is a Globe Production in association with Fís Éireann/ Screen Ireland. It is produced by Alan Maher and John Wallace for Cowtown Pictures and Peter Worsley for Eagle Rock Films and directed by Emer Reynolds.