Thin Lizzy was the quintessential rock band, and the band’s classic line-up of Phil Lynott, Brian Downey, Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson in full flight was absolutely electric – and in Phil Lynott, they had one of the greatest frontmen of all time.
Excited to announce extra footage includes a 16 min Q&A with guitarist Scott Gorham.
Told extensively through the words of Lynott himself and focusing on some of his most iconic songs, the film gets to the heart of his story, as a father, a husband, a friend, a son and as a rock icon. Phil led Thin Lizzy and wrote their signature tunes The Boys Are Back In Town, Jailbreak and Chinatown, and following the lead of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, was one of the first to mix poetry with rock music – he was as charismatic on stage as off, and his magnetism on par with Jim Morrison or
There are some intriguing insights from many luminaries including fellow Irishman Adam Clayton of U2, Metallica’s James Hetfield, Suzi Quatro, Midge Ure and Huey Lewis together with very personal insights from the women closest to him. “He knew the power of the words..” notes U2’s Adam Clayton.
Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy toured Australia and New Zealand in 1978 and 1980, and his rogue Irish personality made the band a favourite in this part of the world. The documentary also features some amazing footage of their Sydney Opera House gig – the band had a morning soundcheck which extended into a half-hour jam session for those arriving early for the concert and later the band performed for a crowd some estimated to be 100,000+ on the steps of the iconic Sydney Opera House.
♥ Winner of Doc ’n’ Roll’s “Best Doc 2020” award
♥ Including appearances by U2’s Adam Clayton, Metallica’s James Hetfield, Suzi Quatro, Huey Lewis, Scott Gorham & Midge Ure
♥ Movie features amazing footage from Thin Lizzy’s famous 1978 performance on the steps of the Sydney Opera House
★★★★★ Sunday Independent
★★★★ Irish Examiner
★★★★ RTE Guide
★★★★ Movies. IE
“A probing character study” MOJO
“Diverting glimpse of Thin Lizzy’s poet star” The Guardian
“A thoughtful documentary about its charismatic leading man … This accomplished songwriter – along with his singular voice—was a once-in-a-generation talent.” Washington City Paper
“The magnetic Phil Lynott seduces the viewer.” The Irish Times
“This really is the definitive Phil Lynott documentary, revealing a fascinating story that feels genuine and purposeful. 'Phil Lynott: Songs for While I'm Away' is made for the big screen … See it in the cinema with surround sound as it will take your breath away.” Entertainment.Ie
“Has the power and sensitivity to pull the emotions from one’s heart and soul”