Doc 'n Roll - Energy: A Documentary about Damo Suzuki 12A

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This film was last shown on 11 November 2022

By working with a constantly-changing network of ‘sound carriers’, Suzuki has been touring the world as a unique presence for 20 years. But his movements came to a stop when he was diagnosed with cancer.

The documentary examines the past, present and future of Suzuki’s influential music, from his beginnings with legendary band CAN, to his singular outlook on life, creativity, and survival.

The enigmatic Suzuki is known for his work in the legendary band CAN, becoming the group’s singer after being spotted by Holger Czukay while performing bare-chested on the streets of 1960s Berlin.

As Suzuki fights cancer we’re taken on a colourful, thought provoking, humorous and free-thinking journey, which often finds the viewer willing the strength for Damo to survive the operations and begin his touring again.

With animation of Damo's lucid, hospital bed dreams of starvation, riding on motorbikes for food, old cartoons, hypnotised brainwashed birds, Michelle pieces together a beautiful portrait. This is augmented by vintage archive footage and access to his carefully preserved treasure trove of memories, made up of old photos, drawings, posters and more.


Michelle Heighway
1 hour 10 minutes


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