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. Despite the trials and tribulations of his career, in an age of makeover and reinvention, Rowland Howard never 'sold out'. With recent and moving interviews, archival interviews and other fascinating and original footage, AUTOLUMINESCENT traces the life of Rowland S Howard. Capturing moments with the man himself and intimate missives from those who knew him behind closed doors; words and images etch light into what has always been the mysterious dark.


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Affectionate, complex and engaging.

Nov 6, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I did find this really fascinating and rather sad too.

Nov 3, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5

For anyone interested in Rowland's career and life, or in the music scene of those times, this is absolutely a must-see film.

Nov 3, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

If you know nothing about any of this, you'll come out of Autoluminescent with an appreciation and a sense of wonder.

Oct 28, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 28, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Oct 28, 2011 | Full Review…

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