Doc'n Roll Film Festival & HIC

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars

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Lili Fini Zanuck | 2017 | UK | 131 mins | Cert 15 | English language

Doc’n Roll Film Festival - the UK’s music documentary festival - is delighted to return to Hull in collaboration with Hull Independent Cinema this May, for a second unmissable edition of sound & vision. Once again, Doc’n Roll serves up a hand-picked selection of six of the best new documentaries - all of them Hull premieres.

From an early age, Eric Clapton was captivated by the blues. As he says of his lifelong fascination: ""It was always one man with his guitar versus the world. He was completely alone and had no options other than to just sing and play to ease his pain."" In this unflinching and deeply personal documentary, director Lili Fini Zanuck (Oscar winner, Driving Miss Daisy) traces Clapton's five-decade career as he reflects candidly on how his life experiences were channeled into music.

Through an extensive archive of performances and home movies, along with audio interviews from those who knew him best-George Harrison and Steve Winwood, among others-we come away with a deeper sense of what inspired the legendary musician and his unforgettable work.

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‘Zanuck's film brings us closer to him and puts an obviously wounded soul up on screen, whose music seems more arresting for the life of pain behind it.’

Tim Robey, The Daily Telegraph

‘One of the saddest moments I've ever seen in a film comes more than halfway into Lili Fini Zanuck's Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars.’

Godfrey Chester,