A doco about Phil Lynott set for the big screen will feature appearances by members of iconic bands Metallica, U2 and his band Thin Lizzy.
The award-winning director Emer Reynolds announced he was working on the project but no release date was given, only a title: Phil Lynott: Songs for While I’m Away.
“The documentary will trace how a young black boy from working class 1950s Dublin became one of Ireland’s greatest rock stars as the lead singer of Thin Lizzy. Born in Birmingham to a Brazilian father and an Irish mother, he moved to Dublin as a teenager. He died aged just 36 in 1986. Phil Lynott: Songs for While I’m Away is being produced by Alan Maher and John Wallace of Ireland’s newly formed Cowtown Pictures with Peter Worsley of London-based music documentary specialists Eagle Rock Films for Globe Productions, part of Universal Music Group, with backing from Screen Ireland. Eagle Rock has international rights," reported ScreenDaily.
James Hetfield of Metallica, Adam Clayton of U2, and Thin Lizzy members Scott Gorham, Eric Bell, Darren Wharton and Midge Ure were listed as contributors for the film, alongside Suzi Quatro, Huey Lewis and others.
“Having been a huge Thin Lizzy fan throughout my life, it’s an incredible honor to be bringing this celebratory and intimate portrait of lead singer and songwriter Philip Lynott to the big screen,” Reynolds said.
Back in 2011, Hetfield reflected on Lynott's death, saying: “You just wondered, ‘Why did God take such a creative person? But I think there was a purpose to it all, because the struggles that he wrote about – with drugs, drink, ethnicity, all of those things – they almost speak louder now he has passed. For me, going through the struggle with alcohol and addiction in general, just going back and listening to his lyrics, it’s like, ‘Wow, I know what he’s talking about now.’ I love that.”