Friday 6th December, 9.45pm - 11.45pm
@ ArtHouse Crouch End, 159A Tottenham Ln, London, N8 9BT
The Man who Loves to Hurt Himself
Dir. Anthony Short
USA | 90 mins
A look at the man's 25+ year career as an extreme performer and his reflection of his life. A documentary about the musician, not the music itself: not a typical "music" documentary but rather a "musician" documentary. It explores how he balances life, love and money with his artistic passions and the undeniable effect his fans express to him about the life altering meaning it has had on them. I spent 2 years following him around the U.S., listening to his inner thoughts and questions about life like a fly on the wall. The film does not attempt to judge nor elevate him. This reflects the conversations he has with himself in his head - a first-person account. In his own words he guides us through his world by stream of consciousness which reveals an unexpected but extremely uplifting message about passion of art and love of life. If you were to have your life flash before your eyes right before you die...this film is what Steve Austin might see about himself."