"American: The Bill Hicks Story brings to life the amazing true story of one of modern culture's most iconic figures. Much more than just a comedian, Bill Hicks has become an inspiration to millions around the world. As a rebellious teenager, he discovered that comedy was a way to break all the rules, but then he found it could also open people's minds. Bill's comedy challenged the injustices of life head on, but his uncompromising approach met with conflict in America and it was instead on the international stage where he found fame. In 1993, on the verge of wider success, Bill fell ill with terminal cancer, but his timeless material has lived on, revered by comedians and audiences alike as the man who changed comedy forever. Taking documentary to a new level, American uses interviews, archive footage including many unseen performances, and stunning animation to bring Bill's inspiring story to life, told for the first time by those that knew him best."
15 years after his death, Bill Hicks is now more popular than ever, and is widely seen as one of the best comedian of the modern era. However, in America, where he challenged institutions and accepted ways of thinking, he suffered censorship and was never truly recognized by a wide audience. In the country which enshrines freedom of speech in its constitution his story is truly about what it means to be an American.
Now Bill's remarkable story is brought to life in AMERICAN: THE BILL HICKS STORY, a feature-length documentary which combines live action with a stunning new animation technique manipulating 1,000s of photographs to uniquely immerse the audiences in his world, which is re-told from the point-of-view of the people who shared it with him.
Much more than a comedian, Bill Hicks has become an inspiration to millions. Developing a unique and fearless style that turned convention on it's head, opening up new ways of thinking, Bill's uncompromising approach met with conflict in America and it was instead on the international stage where he found fame. His early death in 1994 has not dimmed his timeless comedy, which still resonates today with ever growing numbers of people around the world.
Pushing documentary storytelling in a new direction, AMERICAN' uses a stunning new animation technique to bring the tale of one of modern culture's most iconic heroes to the big screen.