Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me Cert. 12A Picture house at FACT

  • Released2014
  • Running time113 minutes
  • DirectorDrew DeNicola, Olivia Mori
  • GenreDocumentary

Unknown beyond a small, passionate fan base, Memphis power-pop band Big Star had a far-reaching influence. Four decades after their first break-up, Drew DeNicola’s debut documentary pays them due homage.

Chris Bell and Alex Chilton – both now deceased – were the band’s Lennon and McCartney, crafting hard-edged yet often poignant teen anthems.

Despite massive critical acclaim, Big Star’s first two albums were woefully mishandled by the record companies, and before the release of their third, the band disbanded in despair.

Reformed in 1993 with a new line-up, they toured with some success before Chilton’s death in 2010. The film attests to a musical phenomenon that, as songwriter Robyn Hitchcock puts it, was “like a letter that got lost in the mail”.

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