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Searching For Sugar Man

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

4 comments on “Searching For Sugar Man

  1. Raybeard
    September 25, 2013

    Really wanted to see this but when it came to our local ‘art-house’ it was only showing late evening. Now you’ve confirmed that I missed something worthwhile. Drat!

  2. sfchapman
    September 25, 2013

    Bound to be on Film 4 before long

  3. Raybeard
    September 25, 2013

    I only hope it’s on before my bedtime of 9 – but of course it will be.

  4. Pingback: Music recommendation: Rodriguez – Crucify your mind | Stephen Chapman

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