Remarkable look into a life not even his closet friends understood fully. Also a beautifully melancholy piece of work, recalling the best of Terence Davies with its painterly compositions and contemplative tracking shots.
Nick Drake is possibly the ultimate cult-pop fall/winter bard...(he named his first album "five leaves left", fgs!) I am a bit of a neophyte, however, and this showed up in my YouTube feed while enjoying his music during this season that most matches my natural mode and mood. A short-sweet doc, about a short-sad life, with magnetic, self-assured camera work, which captures the melodious melancholy of the songs,
Yes, one of the best music documentaries I've seen, with some great, substantive interviews (many times catching on momentary looks or gestures that tell us everything) and photography that would make Patrick Keiller or JL Guerin proud. The brilliant use of soundscape is, in particular, a clever way to bring together Drake's life and music. See it in high quality, at a cinema, with the volume up loud. Seek it out.
Though there isn't much material about Nick Drake avaliable, one would think that it could've been a little more in depth. But at the same time, it is the rare film that completely captures the atmospherics and aesthethics surrounding the life and art of a musician.
About leaving Cambridge: "A safety net was the one thing he didn't want" // About going back home: "He wound up going back to his parents place where I think he felt quite embarrassed about that, quite ashamed that he hadn't being able to sort of coping London and paying rent to do all the stuff we all have to do" // "I don't like it in home but I can't bear it anywhere else." Now, I get why I treasure his records.