Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who

 

OUR SPECIAL TRIBUTE DOCUMENTARY, AND SPECIAL RECOGNITION TO

FRIEND OF THE PASO DIGITAL FILM FESTIVAL PRODUCER NIGEL SINCLAIR

Like that of a lasting marriage, the story of a long-established rock band is necessarily laden with drama. The Who, now in their fifth decade, have had their share and more — almost, it seems, from Day One of their existence. Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who takes us through a tale of rich artistic growth, as well as severe internal dissention, ego explosions, outrageous behavior — onstage and off — substance abuse, and death.

This thoughtful and searingly honest documentary sheds light on the how of the Who: what kept this legendary band functioning and creatively evolving even as circumstances threatened to tear it apart. The use of stunning archival footage, which follows the nascent band from their early years in small clubs to the arena-plus venues in which they now perform, captures the monolithic rock attack that the Who perfected over the years.

Yet it’s the candid observations of the band’s surviving members, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey — as well as former manager Chris Stamp, present manager Bill Curbishley, and other associates — that best provides the insightful context and in-depth revelation of the Who’s group sound, image, and recordings. (Barnes & Noble)

 

Nigel Sinclair (Producer)

Nigel Sinclair is an independent film and television producer. He and his partner, Guy East, co-founded Intermedia Films in 1996, creating what is now one of the world's leading independent producers and distributors of major motion pictures. In 2000 Queen Elizabeth appointed him a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of his work in the film industry. In 2002 Sinclair and East launched their independent feature film and television production company, Spitfire Pictures, a company dedicated to fostering the work of major artistic talents in both Britain and the United States.

In 2005 Sinclair produced the definitive documentary on Bob Dylan, No Direction Home, directed by Martin Scorsese, in which Dylan participated for the very first time in an exclusive film biography, granting his first full-length interview in more than two decades. The eagerly anticipated film chronicles Dylan's explosive arrival on the folk music scene in New York City 1961 through his near-fatal motorcycle accident in Woodstock in 1966.

In 2002 Sinclair produced, with Jeff Rosen, Bob Dylan's Masked and Anonymous, directed by Larry Charles and starring Bob Dylan, Jeff Bridges, Penelope Cruz, John Goodman, Jessica Lange, and Luke Wilson.

In addition, Sinclair executive produced the worldwide smash hit Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, starring Arnold Schwarzenneger, as well as the Academy Award winning Adaptation., starring Nicolas Cage.

In 2001 Sinclair executive produced two of the year's number one films in the U.S. - The Wedding Planner, starring Jennifer Lopez, and K-PAX, starring Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges. Other recent films in which Sinclair executive produced include Iris, starring Dame Judi Dench, the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated The Quiet American, starring Michael Caine, the Academy Award nominated Hilary and Jackie, starring Emily Watson, K-19: The Widowmaker, starring Harrison Ford, Enigma, starring Kate Winslet, and Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

Sinclair attended Cambridge University in the U.K., and earned a Master of Law from Columbia University in New York. He practiced law initially in England and subsequently in Los Angeles until 1996. An avid guitar collector, Sinclair can be heard playing on the live version of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run," which appears on Roger Daltrey's Moonlighting album.