It's not too big a stretch to say songwriter Martin Phillipps 'is' The Chills, one of the most distinctive pop bands to have come out of New Zealand. This documentary examines the complicated talent behind some iconic pop songs and finds him at a crossroads in his life, facing very real consequences after years of alcohol and drug dependency. Phillipps opens up about his desire to leave a proper legacy, while a selection of ex-band mates lay bare their experience of being a Chill. The film debuted at US festival South by Southwest, where it won the first of many enthusiastic reviews.
I do have regrets. I've told myself the appropriate lies. You go to great lengths to create a self-serving reality.– Musician Martin Phillipps assesses the choices he's made in his life and career
Released in New Zealand cinemas on 2 May 2019
World premiere on 12 March 2019 at Austin's Alamo Ritz cinema, as part of festival South by Southwest
New Zealand premiere at Dunedin's Regent Theatre 2 on 1 May 2019
Music composed by Martin Phillipps and performed by The Chills