From myth to legend Rowland Howard appeared on the early Melbourne punk scene like a phantom out of Kafkaesque Prague or Bram Stoker’s Dracula. A beautifully gaunt and gothic aristocrat, the unique distinctive fury of his guitar style shot him directly into the imagination of a generation. He was impeccable, the austerity of his artistry embodied in his finely wrought form, his obscure tastes and his intelligently wry wit. He radiated a searing personal integrity that never seemed to tarnish. Despite the trials and tribulations of his career, in an age of makeover and reinvention, Rowland Howard never ‘sold out’.
With recent and moving interviews, archival interviews and other fascinating and original footage, Autoluminescent traces the life of Rowland S. Howard. Capturing moments with the man himself and intimate missives from those who knew him behind closed doors; words and images etch light into what has always been the mysterious dark. –Ghost Pictures Pty Ltd
Richard Lowenstein (born 1 March 1959 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian filmmaker.
Lowenstein’s mother was author, oral historian, and activist Wendy Lowenstein. He attended Brinsley Road Community School in from 1973 to 1974; and graduated from Swinburne Film and Television School in 1979.
He has written, produced and directed feature films (see list below), as well as numerous ground-breaking and award-winning music videos for bands such as INXS and U2, concert performance films and TV commercials.
He co-produced the satirical music series John Safran’s Music Jamboree as well as John Safran vs God for SBS Independent and is a partner in the Melbourne-based production company, GHOST. He is also a partner in the feature film production company, Fandango Australia Pty Ltd along with Italian Producer – Domenico Procacci, Producer – Sue Murray, Lawyer – Bryce Menzies and Director – Rolf de Heer. He was a close friend of Michael Hutchence. Most recently he filmed… read more
Entirely fascinating documentary profiling the late Rowland S. Howard, a dapper romantic with alien good looks and a terrifying guitar sound. The parade of talking heads is quite impressive (Nick Cave, Kevin Shields, Wim Wenders, Thurston Moore, Jonnine Standish, et al.) and the career spanning live footage and interviews stand as an appropriate testimonial to this underrated, yet highly influential artist.