For those who were spellbound by the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line back in 2005, or maybe got around the 2008 parody flick with John C. Reilly, you’ll be glad to know that a new, in-depth documentary on the country-blues icon is on its way.
Unlike the Hollywood depictions of Cash’s life, the feature-length documentary The Gift seeks to give a detailed and personal account of the singer/songwriter’s journey up an often slippery slope – one which defined his rise as a musical pioneer in the US.
The Gift will explore some of Cash’s greatest musical moments as well as his battles with drug addiction and personal loss in his long and colourful career.
Featuring rare performance footage and photos as well as unheard audio clips from various demos and interviews, The Gift will reveal Cash’s own unique take on his story.
The doco will also be accompanied by contributions from his son John and first wife Rosanne Carter-Cash, not to mention a list of other film and music greats including Bruce Springsteen, Robert Duvall and Emmylou Harris.
The Youtube original documentary which premiered at SXSW Film Festival has already garnered a largely positive reception for its depth and scope, which is sure to please die-hard Cash fans.
The official Youtube release of The Gift on November 11 will also follow a never-before-heard studio session featuring Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan as part of Dylan’s Bootleg Sessions recordings, which is set to be released on the 1st of November.