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Searching for Sugarman: DVD Review


Rating: M
Released by Madman Home Entertainment

Chances are you may not have heard of Sixto Rodriguez, but you will have heard of Searching for Sugarman.

The doco's been touted for awards and is a fave with all those who've seen it.

It's the story of a musician in America called Rodriguez, whose soulful tunes hit a chord, but never really hit a chart. Until an American girl apparently took over a tape of an album to South Africa and it was a massive, massive hit.

But Rodriguez was never aware of that and ended his music career, penniless and without success. So, a couple of fans, deciding to investigate his apparent suicide, set out to find out what happened to him.

And that's where the story gets interesting.

Searching for Sugarman is an astoundingly different doco which is captivating, soulful and enduring. It's hard to talk too much about the film without giving much away but needless to say the journey is interesting, the subjects passionate and the end result is curiously uplifting and moving.

It won't ruin much to say Rodriguez is an intriguing presence and his music is certainly appealing - this doco is destined to become a fave on the small screen, so make sure you don't miss out.

Extras: Making of, Rodriguez Live, Trailer

Rating: 8/10


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