Last Days Here

Director Don Argott, Demian Fenton
United States / 92 min. / 2011 / English


Spinal Tap made us laugh and Anvil was bittersweet, but the last laugh stops here. Front man of the heavies, Pentagram, Bobby Liebling agonizes in his parents’ basement, wasted on crack. The drama of his downfall, so exaggerated it seems fictitious, turns into a hymn of resurrection

 

Anvil was brilliant, but some scenes bordered on the grotesque. The laughs, in any case, stop in Last Days Here. Bobby Liebling was the charismatic singer of 70’s hard-rockers and doom pioneers, Pentagram. Today, he agonizes in his parents’ basement, hooked on crack and heroine, a shocking zombie plagued by skin infections, toothless and listless, flirting daily with death. The film starts with the reunion between Liebling and Sean “Pellet” Pelletier, the friend who will try to launch the ill-fated metal legend’s career. Last Days Here alternates the drama of his downfall, so exaggerated it appears fictitious, so full of blunders it seems to have been written by a doomsday scriptwriter (they blow an audience with KISS, Liebling walks out in the middle of another meeting with Columbia), with the improbable hymn of resurrection that rings out in his present life. Will Liebling be capable of getting up and walking, relaunching his career, staying off drugs and even finding love? It sounds unlikely but you’ll find the answer here: in an unforgettable film brimming with empathy and warmth, that is also an essay on bad luck and – again – self-destruction. 

Details

Showing format

Premios
IDFA (Best Music Documentary ) 2011, IN-EDIT Barcelona (Best International Music Documentary) 2011, Independent Film Festival of Boston ( Best Documentary) 2011, Fantasia Film Fest (Audience Award) 2011, Sydney Underground Film Festival (Best Film) 2011

Participation
in festivals
SXSW 2011, Saratosa Film Festival 2011, Independent Film Festival of Boston 2011, BFI London Film Festival 2011, IN-EDIT 2011, CPH:DOX 2011, IDFA 2011, Melbourne IFF 2012, New Zealand Film Festival 2012

Leadings
Bobby Liebling, Sean "Pellet" Pelletier, Hallie Miller, Diane Liebling, Joe Liebling, Geof O'Keefe, Greg Mayne, Victor Griffin, J.B. Beverly, Phil Anselmo.

Editor(s)
Demian Fenton

Camera
Don Argott, Demian Fenton

Producer

Film company
9.14 Pictures

Film distributor
Monoduo Films

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