Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons (image 1)

Screened as part of NZIFF 2005

Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons 2004

Directed by Gandulf Hennig

This excellent documentary profiles 60s country rock pioneer Gram Parsons. “A portrait of a spoiled, charming, emotionally crippled young man whose shoddy treatment of people was always forgotten as soon as he opened his mouth to sing." — Chicago Reader

Germany / UK In English
92 minutes Colour and B&W

Director

Screenplay

Gandulf Hennig
,
Sid Griffin

Photography

Boris Becker
,
Peter Reuther

Editor

Birgit Mild

Music

Gram Parsons

Festivals

Melbourne, Vancouver 2004

Elsewhere

“Produced for the BBC, this excellent documentary profiles one of the most important but overlooked pop musicians of the 60s – country rock pioneer Gram Parsons, whose exquisite heartache lit up the Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo, the Flying Burrito Brothers’ The Gilded Palace of Sin, and two brilliant solo albums before he died of an overdose at 26. German director Gandulf Hennig has rounded up most of the relevant witnesses to Parsons's tragically short life, from the remnants of his wealthy southern family to his musical collaborators (Chris Hillman, Bernie Leadon, James Burton, Emmylou Harris, Keith Richards) and his repellent drug buddies. Backed up by rare performance footage, they paint a portrait of a spoiled, charming, emotionally crippled young man whose shoddy treatment of people was always forgotten as soon as he opened his mouth to sing." — J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader

“What interviews! Everybody who was anybody in Gram's life agreed to talk… Biggest revelation? Just how much he was influenced, personally and professionally, by The Rolling Stones.” — Vancouver International Film Festival