US singer-songwriter Elliott Smith died tragically aged just 34, but his legacy lives on – and now Australian fans have the chance to celebrate his life with an exclusive, one-night-only screening of acclaimed new documentary Heaven Adores You.
A revered folk-punk hero, whose remarkable gift for melodies belied the darkness of his lyrics, the film directed by Nickolas Rossi is being brought to Australia by Mushroom Pictures.
Heaven Adores You is the first comprehensive film about the prolific musician, featuring over 30 interviews with his closest friends and collaborators. It creates an intimate and personal history never seen before, and it’s also the first film to be allowed to use Smith’s catalogue – including 20 previously unreleased pieces of music.
Mourned by many of the world’s best songwriters (his fans and friends included Beck, Cat Power, Death Cab For Cutie, Conor Oberst, Beth Orton, Moby and more), the ex-Heatmiser guitarist first made his solo name with 1994’s intimate, acoustic debut Roman Candle. Living in Portland, Smith quickly rose to mainstream prominence when his song ‘Miss Misery’, which was included in the soundtrack for the 1997 film Good Will Hunting and nominated for Best Original Song at the 1998 Oscars.
Smith struggled with depression and drug use throughout his career, eventually committing suicide in Los Angeles from two stab wounds to the chest in 2003
Heaven Adores You premiered in May 2014 at the San Francisco International Film Festival and has gone on to screen at 35+ film festivals on four continents, including AFI Docs, DOC NYC, Melbourne International Film Festival and International Documentary Festival Amsterdam. This is the first time it has been screened outside of a film festival in Australia.
HEAVEN ADORES YOU SPECIAL SCREENINGS:
Tuesday 24 November
Luna Palace | Perth, WA
Wednesday 25 November
Palace Centro, Brisbane, QLD
Palace Kino, Melbourne, VIC
Chauvel, Paddington, NSW
Palace Electric, Canberra, ACT
Palace Nova Eastend, Adelaide, SA
Check out the trailer below: