The life and music of rock icon Phil Lynott is to be documented in Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away, to be directed by the award-winning Irish filmmaker Emer Reynolds.
According to and exclusive story on Screen Daily, the documentary will trace how a young black boy from working class 1950’s Dublin became one of Ireland’s greatest rock stars as the lead singer of Thin Lizzy. It will also focus on some of his greatest hits such as Old Town and Still In Love With You.
Reynolds and her team have assembled a wide number of contributors including Thin Lizzy’s Eric Bell, Scott Gorham, Darren Wharton, Midge Ure, Skid Row’s Brush Shiels, U2’s Adam Clayton, Suzi Quatro, Huey Lewis and Metallica’s James Hetfield.
“Having been a huge Thin Lizzy fan throughout my life, it’s an incredible honour to be bringing this celebratory and intimate portrait of lead singer and songwriter Philip Lynott to the big screen,” Reynolds told Screen Daily.
My story for Screen International on the forthcoming documentary on the iconic Phil Lynott. So excited to see @emerpreynolds follow up the wonderful @TheFarthestFilm with the story of one of our most-loved musicians.https://t.co/umY0ouYbam
— Esther McCarthy (@Esthermccarthy) January 21, 2019
Born in Birmingham to a Brazilian father and an Irish mother, Lynott moved to Dublin as a teenager. He died aged just 36 in 1986.
Lynott’s legacy is embodied in his influence cited by bands such as Metallica, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins and Def Leppard among others, as well as a statue erected in his honour in Harry Street, just off Grafton Street and a wax work at the National Wax Museum.
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