The cautionary story of musician Martin Phillipps and his band, The Chills.
Late last year, we were filming with The Chills lead singer Martin Phillipps when he was informed he had a 30% chance of dying within six to twelve months if he did not make substantial lifestyle changes. His subsequent decision to reconcile with the world and confront past mistakes has provided the foundation for a compelling and dramatic documentary narrative.
Martin has been called a lyrical genius and he and The Chills are credited as one of the founding pioneers of the iconic Dunedin Sound – the ground-breaking musical movement that inspired many seminal musicians around the world and helped usher in a new-found sense of cultural worth in New Zealand.
Life has been rocky for this influential musician, he has battled with addiction and depression and it’s taken an exacting toll on his health. Despite the setbacks though Martin has retained an unrelenting commitment to the music and his meticulous collection of pop culture, music and art.