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Tommy Emmanuel the Endless Road

About the film

The story of guitar icon Tommy Emmanuel, whose journey takes him from Australia’s youngest guitar prodigy to the world’s most acclaimed acoustic guitarist. 
Revelations about the father he idolized send Tommy into a decades-long battle with addiction, which threatens to derail his family and career, even as he drives himself to become one of the world’s most compelling performers. 
The film also tells the touching story of the relationship between Tommy and his hero, mentor and surrogate father figure, the legendary Chet Atkins. 
Told through intimate backstage footage, explosive concert performances, rare archival material and unfiltered interviews with Tommy’s closest friends and family (as well as stars from Joe Satriani to Jason Isbell to Monty Python’s Eric Idle), the film examines the scars of childhood trauma, breaking cycles of self-destruction and the ambitious rise of a man determined to bring happiness to all corners of the globe with his music, even as his own life was in danger of toppling.

Runtime 1 hour 20 mins
Premiere Australian Premiere

Director(s) Jeremy Dylan

Venue Cinema Nova

Address 380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia

Date July 26, 2019

Time 8:45 pm

GenresHidden Gems / Indie, Music, Feature Docs, Australian

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2019 Films

Feature Docs

Blockbuster / Premiere

Sports

Docs After Dark

Music

Australian

Shorts

Hidden Gems / Indie

True Crime / Stranger Than Fiction

Doc Web Series / Video Essay

Melbourne Stories

World Cinema

Women in Film

LGBTIQ

Aboriginal

Film Buff

Environmental / Tech / Health

Doc Challenge

Art Documentaries

Legends of Documentary

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