The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson
Tells the extraordinary story of legendary musician Wilko Johnson who, diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live, managed to accept his fate with uplifting positivity and defy the death sentence handed down to him. Winner of the Jury Prize for best international documentary at In-Edit 2015, The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson is a 2015 documentary which confronts our worst nightmares of impending death, confounding expectations and turning them upside down. It tells the extraordinary, yet universal story of legendary musician Wilko Johnson, who diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live, managed to accept his fate with uplifting positivity and defy the death sentence handed down to him.
Critic Reviews‘Wilko is irrepressibly energetic, holding forth on life, love, the universe and above all the prospect of death.’ Guardian ‘This is a moving portrait of a remarkable man, which is at its most effective when it just lets him speak.’ CineVue ‘Part biopic, part arty collage film, part scenic ramble through the great guitarist's synaptic labyrinth.’ Time Out
AwardsIn-Edit 2015, winner of the Jury Prize for best international documentary FOCAL International Awards 2016, winner of the FOCAL award for best use of footage in a documentary feature
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