The Sad and Beautiful world of Sparklehorse is a feature length music documentary. A cult and hugely influential figure in the alternative music scene, the critically-acclaimed Mark Linkous had a dramatic life that saw him battle with drug and alcohol addiction, paralysis, and debilitating mental illness that resulted in his eventual suicide.
Sparklehorse’s music was heralded by his peers and critics; a mix of alt-country, discordant punk and psychedelic pop; it has been described as “defiantly surrealist… with all manner of references to smiling babies, organ music, birds, and celestial bodies.” Collaborators included PJ Harvey, Tom Waits, The Flaming Lips, Danger Mouse, David Lynch & Thom Yorke (Radiohead).
The film features interviews with Jonathon Donahue and Grasshopper (Mercury Rev), David Lowery (Camper Van Beethoven), Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Ed Harcourt, Gemma Hayes, Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid), Emily Haines (Metric), Adrian Utley (Portishead), John Parish (PJ Harvey) Alan Weatherhead (Sparklehorse Sound Engineer) and Matthew Wright.
The film is written & narrated by Mark Linkous’ friend and collaborator, Angela Faye Martin.
The Sad & Beautiful World of Sparklehorse will provide a retrospective about the brilliant and often dramatic life of Mark Linkous and his unique music style.
The Sad & Beautiful World of Sparklehorse gets three more UK screenings:
@ London Hackney – 8.30pm 3rd May: https://www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Hackney_Picturehouse/film/doc-n-roll-sparkleshorse-plus-qanda/tickets/24225
@ HOME Cinema, Manchester on Fri 12th May: https://homemcr.org/film/sad-beautiful-world-sparklehorse/
@ Hull – 4.30pm 13th May: https://www.hullboxoffice.com/events/the-sad-and-beautiful-world-of-sparklehorse