Searching for Sugar Man
Released: 26/07/2012 Released in key citiesScouring South Africa on behalf of a Swedish TV channel in 2006, Malik Bendjelloul couldn't have foreseen he would find inspiration for the biggest documentary success of 2012. Shot on a shoestring, his ‘kitchen table' footage forms a cross-continental tale of deliverance through music, and it's been garlanded with festival awards from Sheffield to LA.
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The Telegraph“One of the most uplifting documentaries in recent memory...” The lilting, honeyed soundtrack, made up of Rodriguez’s own songs, makes his relative obscurity here seem all the more puzzling. Happily, this film may set that right...
The Independent“Evocatively pitched as a detective story...” His drug-dealer song "Sugar Man" was so popular that if your surname happened to be Segerman – like a player in this film – your mates would dub you "Sugar Man" or just "Sugar" and everyone would get the reference...
Empire“The journey’s a blast — and the story isn’t over yet...” This is the quest of two South Africans to find their hero, following clues in song lyrics and launching campaigns to discover the fate of the man said to have killed himself on stage...
Little White Lies“The Stones? Elvis? Rodriguez was bigger than them both...” Like Rodriguez’s Dylan-esque brand of working-class folk-rock, Sugar Man is a film best discovered and experienced first-hand...
Total Film “His songs “gave people permission to free their minds”...” Without much raw material, Bendjelloul can’t match the entertainment value of Anvil or Dig!, but what he’s unearthed is far more enduring: the all-too-credible story of a superstar that never was...
Time Out film“Fascinating, unexpected and cherishable...” Anyone who enjoyed, say, ‘The Buena Vista Social Club’ or ‘Anvil: The Story of Anvil’, will surely go for this too...
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