More than fifty years after his death, Hank Williams ranks among the most powerfully iconic figures in American music. Iconic to the point that man and myth are inextricably entwined. He set the agenda for contemporary country songcraft and sang his songs with such believability that we feel privy to his world, despite the fact that he left no in-depth interviews and just a few letters. His brief life and tragic death have only compounded his appeal.
Available to broadcast from September, this fascinating documentary, produced for the American Masters series on WNET and for BBC Two’s Arena strand, features many of his hit songs and rediscovered archive performance footage. Even those who claim to have known Williams will admit that, on some level, they really didn't. This film reaches beyond the impenetrable myth that has grown up around, and obscured, the real Hank Williams.
A Production of Thirteen/WNET New York, Nashville Public Television, and Tremolo productions in association with BBC and Cactus Three.