Showtime Documentary Films is releasing a new doc that looks at the life of the legendary guitarist, Eric Clapton.
Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars is told through Clapton’s own words and songs, aiming to contextualize Clapton’s role in contemporary music and cultural history. The doc features extensive interviews with Clapton, along with his family, friends, musical collaborators, and late music icons B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison.
The doc will outline Clapton’s life, beginning with his traumatic childhood, and show his struggles with drugs and alcohol and the loss of his son in a devastating accident. The film will also delve into Clapton’s reasons quitting successful bands such as the Yardbirds and Cream, as well as his fear of “selling out”.
The feature doc will screen in domestic and international film festivals later in 2017 followed by a theatrical release in the U.S. and Canada, before airing nationally on Showtime in 2018.
Academy award-winning director Lili Fini Zanuck will direct the film with John Battsek producing for Passion Pictures.
“We have unique access to Clapton’s extensive personal archive of classic performance clips, on- and off-stage footage, iconic photos, concert posters, handwritten letters, drawings and personal diary entries – elements with the power to transport audiences to each era, from obsessive student, to peer, to transcendent figure in musical history and one of the greatest guitarists of all time,” said Battsek, in a statement.