Showtime Documentary Films will world premiere "Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars" at this year's Toronto International Film Festival next month. It will premiere on Showtime in 2018.
The film is directed by Lili Fini Zanuck. Scooter Weintraub, Larry Yelen and Passion Pictures' John Battsek are amongst the producers. Chris King serves as editor.
"Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars" is a film about one of the greatest songwriters and guitarists on the planet, as told by Clapton through his own words and songs. Spanning more than half a century of legendary popular musical innovation, the film contextualizes Eric Clapton's role in contemporary music and cultural history. This deeply intimate film reflects on Clapton's traumatic childhood, his long and difficult struggle with drugs and alcohol and the tragic loss of his son and how he always found his inner strength and healing in music.
The team behind the film had unprecedented access to an archive of classic performance clips, on- and off-stage footage, photos, concert posters as well as the musician's handwritten letters, drawings and diary entries. It also features extensive interviews with Clapton himself, along with his family, friends, musical collaborators, contemporaries and heroes - including late music icons B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison.
The Toronto Film Festival begins on September 7th.