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Phil Lynott: Songs for While I'm Away

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Sydney Preview Premiere presented by Groovescooter + Vivid Festival

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“You just didn’t see Black people in Ireland in the ‘50s.” As this high quality cinematic feature length documentary reveals, that would all change as soon as the charismatic singer/bassist for Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott burst onto the scene and went on to become one of the world’s greatest music stars. Songs for While I'm Away delves into a boy’s unorthodox and painful past, to paint a portrait of a reflective man; poet, dreamer, friend, son, lover, doting father, misfit, but above all a terrific songwriter. With tape recordings of his own voice, the film takes us from humble working class Dublin beginnings to touring the world and his eventual, untimely and sad demise.

Why You Should See This Film

The is the first opportunity for people in Australia to see this beautifully executed new film, which includes footage of the Thin Lizzy's renowned 1978 Australia/NZ tour where they played outside the Sydney Opera House as 100,000 fans gathered and even got to hear them soundcheck earlier in the day with a half-hour impromptu jam. Delving into everything from his motivations and demons, to his eclectic songs and lyrics — including those written for his two daughters — we get a fuller impression of both a Phil Lynott as a solo artist keen to collaborate, and the front man for the potent live act that Thin Lizzy became. On hand are friends, bandmates and admirers to recall elements of a somewhat poignant story that includes the search for the father Lynott never really knew.

Presented by Groovescooter + Vivid Festival

As part of Vivid 2021, Groovescooter are excited to present exclusive screenings of three new music documentaries at Golden Age, including Other, Like Me, All the Streets Are Silent and Phil Lynott: Songs for While I’m Away.

Please note: Gift Passes & Film Club Membership discounts can't be used for this special event session. All tickets are $24 for adults / $19 concession.

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  • Year: 2020
  • Rating: Unclassified
  • Director: Emer Reynolds
  • Cast: Phil Lynott
  • Duration: 112 minutes
  • Language: English
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