Big Star Live In Memphis will receive its first screening outside of lead singer Alex Chilton’s hometown of Memphis in Dublin later this month.
The exceedingly rare film about the ‘70s group, who were a huge influence on Teenage Fanclub, R.EM. and many others, will be shown in The Sugar Club on July 31 at 11.30pm.
Big Star Live in Memphis is probably the only complete concert film ever filmed featuring Chilton, who passed away in 2010.
Chilton, who rose to instant fame at the age of 16 with The Box Tops' hit The Letter, developed an early dislike of the media and was known often to stop efforts to record Big Star performances.
In 1994, he surprised many by agreeing to perform a series of concerts in a reconstructed version of Big Star featuring original drummer Jody Stephens, and Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of the Posies.
To date, Big Star Live in Memphis has only been screened once – last summer in Memphis where it was warmly received by about a thousand friends and fans at the Levitt Shell Amphitheatre.
Memphis photographer and filmmaker David Julian Leonard is currently gathering material for his own Chilton documentary and expects to complete it in 2015.