'Lost' Leonard Cohen film to premiere at Green Man

'Bird Of A Wire' to be aired on the Thursday of the festival

29 July 2010

The documentary ‘Bird On A Wire’, which was shot across all 20 concerts of the singer’s 1972 European Tour, has been unearthed some 38 years after it was made.

The movie was lost following the death of Cohen’s then manager Marty Machat, when the ‘Hallelujah’ star absconded it along with other books and music.

In 2007, Machat’s son Steven set about retrieving the film from Cohen and was eventually successful.

‘Bird On A Wire’ will be shown in the Far Out Tent at the event on the Thursday (19 August) night of the Green Man Festival 2010, which will take place at the Brecon Beacons, Wales from 20-22 August.

Director Tony Palmer, who has previously made films with The Beatles, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa, said: “Maybe what is valuable about the film today is not only that it contains 17 of Cohen’s greatest songs performed by him in his prime, it has a real feel for the rough and tumble and difficulties of life on the road.

“I know of few other films where the backstage confusion comes so vividly to life, with Cohen apparently taking no notice whatsoever of the camera. I doubt if today we would be allowed such access.

“The songs are haunting, unforgettably so. The poetry is extraordinary. But so is the man. Looking back after 38 years, my admiration for Cohen remains undiminished. The original film was made with love - I hope that quality once again shines through the restored film.”


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