Eric Clapton Film Documentary in the Works


Eric Clapton Film Documentary in the Works

–Joe Lund

Eric Clapton is the subject of a forthcoming documentary to be directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Lili Fini Zanuck. As reported by Variety, “Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars” will chronicle the artist’s personal life while also examining his monumental contributions to contemporary music.

“Clapton’s music is the foundation of our film,” says Zanuck, whose credits include producing the 1989 movie, “Driving Miss Daisy. “His commitment to the blues, its traditions and originators, is absolute from his earliest days. He was also forever restless in his search of a suitable vehicle to shape and grow his artistic voice, often bewildering fans and the media with sudden changes in musical direction, bands, songs, guitar style, tone and physical appearance.”

Describing Clapton’s personal background as “the spine of the film,” Zanuck says the documentary will trace the musician’s life journey, from his traumatic childhood through the tragic loss of his son to the domestic happiness he currently enjoys.

“It is indeed a melancholic victory lap, full of nostalgic myth, but always musically potent, always looking to the future,” observes Zanuck. “Despite the fact that his path is strewn with tragedies, addiction and loss, he never fails to regain his bearings and continue to serve what he holds dearest: his music.”

Partnering with Zanuck on the project is producer John Battsek, who previously produced the acclaimed biopic “Searching for Sugar Man.” Battsek says he and Zanuck will draw heavily from materials to which they’ve been given exclusive access.

“We have unique 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,” he says, “elements with the power to transport audiences to each era, from obsessive student, to peer, to transcendent figure in musical history and one of the greatest guitarists of all time.”

A release date for the film has not yet been scheduled.