My Life Story

2018

My Life Story (2018)

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The death of Suggs' beloved cat on his fiftieth birthday triggers a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew. Stunned by what he learns Suggs is taken back through his life to a childhood on the streets of Soho featuring music written by The Kinks, Prince Buster, Ian Drury and, of course, his beloved Madness. Director Julien Temple (The Great Rock n Roll Swindle, Absolute Beginners) takes a stage show, adds some drama, archive, animation and music, then shakes it all up for MY LIFE STORY where Suggs, takes a hilarious, yet moving, look back at his life in music and words. Is it a drama? Is it a comedy? Or a music hall dream? Whatever it is hold on to your seats as Suggs goes on to stumble and plummet through the trap door of failure; then trampoline back up to catch the passing trapeze of show business success.

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This film is one for those fans not looking for an investigation or warts-and-all portrait of a subject, and will please those who are happy to hear some fun anecdotes and stories of the good old days.

Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…

The co-director Julien Temple (The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle) provides the archive footage and animated inserts, but for better and for worse the film is all Suggs.

Jan 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Temple uses dramatisations and archive footage to add visual breadth, but keeps Suggs' charisma front and centre. It's surprisingly intimate and effortlessly charming.

Jan 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If Suggs's anecdotes are not quite as entertaining as he thinks they are, it hardly matters, such is the disarmingly raffish charm of the delivery.

Jan 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's a slightly stiff routine -- he (Suggs) doesn't have the knack of making scripted lines sound unscripted -- but it's likeable, and some of the anecdotes are reminders of just how many ardent fans Madness have.

Jan 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It takes a while to get into its stride, but this filmed record of Suggs's autobiographical stage show in London's Hoxton Hall is amiable, fluent and often intriguing.

Jan 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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