Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard (2011)
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From myth to legend Rowland Howard appeared on the early Melbourne punk scene like a phantom out of Kafkaesque Prague or Bram Stoker's Dracula. A beautifully gaunt and gothic aristocrat, the unique distinctive fury of his guitar style shot him directly into the imagination of a generation. He was impeccable, the austerity of his artistry embodied in his finely wrought form, his obscure tastes and his intelligently wry wit. He radiated a searing personal integrity that never seemed to tarnish.
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For anyone interested in Rowland's career and life, or in the music scene of those times, this is absolutely a must-see film.
If you know nothing about any of this, you'll come out of Autoluminescent with an appreciation and a sense of wonder.
At best Autoluminescent is that rare thing, a tribute to an artist that comes close to being a work of art in its own right.
Although this film will obviously interest Howard's fans, even those who are unaware of his legacy will find Autoluminescent a fascinating dip into the life of a musical genius.
Autoluminescent has an unspoken sense that he was an uncertain proposition for those close to him. Whether that is compelling or cautionary may depend on if you're one of the true believers.
Fans will love it; non-fans will get a strong taste of the hedonistic alt.universe these people inhabited.
An amazing documentary about the late Australian musician Rowland S. Howard.
The best and richest parts of this documentary are the various interviews with Howard himself, which unmistakably reveal a musician whose artistic integrity remained untarnished, and whose passion for music burned white hot to the very end.
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