Having the distinct ability to reconcile a lifetime’s worth of curious collections isn’t an opportunity that many musicians have the opportunity to embrace. But Martin Phillips is one such privileged singer that can indulge in celebrating a lifetime of distinct tracks. That celebration is featured in the new documentary, ‘The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps,’ which had its World Premiere at SXSW on Tuesday night. In honor of the film’s screening at the Austin-based festival, ShockYa is debuting an exclusive clip, which is titled ‘Pink Frost,’ that features the front man of the New Zealand rock band, The Chills, singing.
‘The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps’ was directed by Julia Parnell and Rob Curry. The movie follows the eccentric Phillipps as he looks back on a catalogue of heavenly pop hits, and relives his place in the iconic Flying Nun and Dunedin sound.
The following synopsis has been released for ‘The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps’:
Martin Phillipps came tantalizingly close to conquering the international musical world with his band The Chills, but instead fell into decades of debt and addiction in his hometown of Dunedin, New Zealand. At 54, he’s been given a dire medical prognosis, forcing him to face his demons and realize his musical ambitions before it’s too late.
This intimate portrait follows the eccentric Martin as he reconciles a lifetime’s worth of curious collections, looks back on a catalogue of heavenly pop hits and relives his place in the iconic Flying Nun and Dunedin sound. With a startling sense of humor even in the blackest moments, we bear witness to one man”s universal battle with the fear of failure and the jarring reality of his own mortality.
‘The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps’ is set to have its last SXSW screening tomorrow at 5:30pm CT at Alamo Lamar C (1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704). For more information on the documentary, visit its Facebook and Twitter pages.