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Documentary dives into dark phases of Eric Clapton's life

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, September 12, 2017  /  08:08 pm

Ahead of its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, Showtime has released the first trailer for Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars.

The two-minute clip opens with legendary blues singer B.B King praising his friend Clapton, followed by a series of never-before-seen footage and photographs, spanning from the singer-songwriter's childhood to his solo career, according to Rolling Stone.

"I knew that I was different, but I didn't know why," Clapton says in voiceover. His peers throughout the trailer also discussed how he "revolutionized" guitar playing.

The documentary will also dive into dark phases of Clapton's life, including his drug and alcohol addictions and the tragic death of his four-year-old son Conor in 1991.

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As previously reported by Variety, the documentary is directed by Lili Fini Zanuck, Oscar-winning producer of Driving Miss Daisy, in partnership with producer John Battsek, whose credits also Oscar-winning films One Day in September and Searching for Sugar Man.   

Battsek said the team was given access to Clapton’s extensive personal archive of classic performance clips, on- and off-stage footage, iconic photos, concert posters, handwritten letters, drawings and personal diary entries.

Following its premiere at the Canadian film festival this weekend, the documentary will air on Showtime on Feb. 10, 2018. (liz/kes)   

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