Interview: Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas on American The Bill Hicks Story

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American: The Bill Hicks Story is a new documentary about the late comedian whose observations on politics, culture and society still resonate years after his untimely death in 1994.

Although he met with considerable acclaim on the comedy circuit, with an especially passionate following in the UK, Hicks’ stinging observations on issues such as US foreign policy, consumerism, religion, and abortion meant that he never really achieved the mainstream breakthrough of some of his contemporaries.

However, with the release of his work on albums such as Rant in E-Minor and Arizona Bay, he achieved a lasting posthumous success and a significant legacy as a truth-teller, which reached full circle when a second President Bush started another war in Iraq.

I recently spoke with Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas about Hicks, his impact as a comedian, how they tracked down a lot of the previously unseen footage and his appeal in the UK.

You can listen to the interview here:

[audio:http://filmdetail.receptionmedia.com/Matt_Harlock_and_Paul_Thomas_on_American_The_Bill_Hicks_Story.mp3]

You can download this interview as a podcast via iTunes by clicking here

American: The Bill Hicks Story is out now in the UK and will be screening at the following cinemas:

  • London – Curzon Soho 14.05.10
  • London – Greenwich Picture House 14.05.10
  • London – Odeon Covent Garden 14.05.10
  • London – Ritzy Brixton 14.05.10
  • London – Screen on the Green 14.05.10
  • Glasgow – Glasgow Film Theatre 14.05.10
  • Edinburgh – Cameo 14.05.10
  • Dublin – Irish Film Institue 14.05.10
  • Cardiff – Chapter 14.05.10
  • Manchester – Printworks/Odeon 14.05.10
  • Bradford – Pictureville 21.05.10
  • Leicester – Phoenix 21.05.10
  • Manchester – Cornerhouse 21.05.10
  • Liverpool – FACT 28.05.10
  • Belfast – Queens Film Theatre 28.05.10
  • Derby – Quad 28.05.10
  • Coventry – Arts 11.06.10

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