The second incarnation of my blog
It’s not often that you see a documentary that also makes a good film and it’s less often that you finish a film with a warm feeling inside. This film ticked both boxes.
Searching For Sugar Man is the story of singer-songwriter Sixto Rodriguez who made two albums in the early 1970’s, neither of which had any impact in his native USA. In fact, the albums would have died completely but for a twist of fate which is chronicled in the movie.
In South Africa where the Government controlled every part of life, his first album was a huge seller – everybody owned it. Yet, Rodriguez knew nothing of his fame. A number of commentators in South Africa have said that he was bigger than Elvis!
The film has an arty feel to it and I wont give away the story, just in case you’ve not heard Rodriguez’s story. It’s a well made film and one that makes you think about regret and more importantly, not dwelling on what might have been. You also learn a little about the harsh censorship by the apartheid regime of the time including officials that scratch records so that certain tracks couldn’t be played on the radio.
An easy 8/10