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The Devil and Daniel Johnston

Plus a live set from the man himself!

Director • Jeff Feuerzeig

Country • USA

Year • 2005

Duration • 100 min

Daniel Johnston has spent the last three decades exposing his heartrending tales of unrequited love, cosmic mishaps and existential torment to an ever-growing international cult audience.

He is one of the most significant cultural figures in American alternative rock music alive today, having inspired a whole generation of alternative rock icons such as Nirvana, Beck, Flaming Lips, Spiritualized and Wilco. From humble beginnings handing out homemade cassettes to anyone that would listen, his career has spanned over three decades and twenty albums. He has collaborated with Sonic Youth, Sparklehorse, Yo La Tengo, Butthole Surfers and Jad Fair and counts David Bowie, Tom Waits, Matt Groening and Johnny Depp amongst his many fans.

Daniel is also the subject of an in depth biography currently being written by notorious British music writer (and current Brisbane resident) Everett True. As a prolific visual artist Johnston’s vibrant sketches have earned him worldwide recognition and critical praise. The comic book-style doodles that used to fill his schoolbooks now hang in galleries all around the world.

For much of his life Johnston has been dogged by struggles with manic depression. His downward spirals and various demons lend added poignancy to Johnston’s heartfelt soul-searching – and are all wildly expressed in his music and art. Despite these fluctuations, and perhaps because of them, Daniel Johnston has become a true American icon and a pop phenomenon.

In The Devil and Daniel Johnston director Jeff Feuerzeig weaves together vintage performances, home movies, dozens of recorded audiotapes and testimonies from friends and family. Anchored by Johnston’s awe-inspiring music and artwork, the film is a heartrending portrait of madness and genius walking hand in hand.

Winner of the Best Director (documentary) Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2005.

With a live acoustic set by the man himself and a Q&A with biographer Everett True.

“Daniel Johnston combines ebullient pop to wonderful sadness in the great tradition of Syd Barett or Brian Wilson. Daniel Johnston is an American treasure.”

–David Bowie