If there is ever a literary figure that has needed a documentary, it’s one William S. Burroughs, the author of such films as Naked Lunch, which later joined the Criterion Collection as an adaptation directed by David Cronenberg.
Well, thanks to Oscilloscope Laboratories, we will get a chance to see the man’s life on the big screen.
According to indieWire, the distributor has picked up the North American rights to release Yony Leyser’s documentary, William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, which premiered at this year’s Slamdance Film Festival.
The film will hit theaters this fall, which will be followed by a DVD release, along with a broadcast television release on PBS’ Independent Lens series in late 2010/early 2011. It features interviews ranging from John Waters to Iggy Pop, with the likes of Gus Van Sandt, Patti Smith, and the aforementioned Cronenberg, and is narrated by Peter Weller. It also features a soundtrack by Patti Smith and Sonic Youth, so hipsters, get your act together as this will be music to your ears.
Personally, not only has the man lived a rather interesting life, but he has created some of the most interesting pieces of literature I’ve ever read, so this is definitely a film I can’t wait to check out. The company released the fantastic documentary, Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait Of Maurice Sendak, and have been on quite a roll as of late with films like The Messenger coming from their camp.
More on this film when it comes. No release date is set, so stay tuned for more updates.