“Foo Fighters: Back and Forth” takes viewers through the band’s 16-year-history from its start as Dave Grohl’s post-Nirvana project to an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the recording process for the group’s seventh album, Wasting Light. The feature film was directed by Oscar/Emmy winner James Moll and produced by Spitfire Pictures in association with Allentown Productions.
Hawkins told NME he wishes the documentary had never been released.
“I wish we wouldn’t put the f**king movie out to be honest because I'm not really comfortable with the public sort of openness, I’m really not,” he told NME.
Unfortunately for Hawkins, it’s a little too late for this kind of feedback. “Back and Forth” made its debut last month at the 2011 South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. On Tuesday the documentary was screened at over 80 theatres across the U.S. British fans will get the chance to check out the film tomorrow when it hits select theatres in the United Kingdom.
Spin.com notes that “Back and Forth” covers Hawkins’ drug addiction and near-fatal 2002 overdose.
Hawkins told NME that on a positive note, the documentary isn’t boring.
“Trying to look at it from the outside and judge it and have some sort of perspective, I think it’s actually way more interesting than I thought a movie about us was going to be,” he said. “We almost broke up and I almost died and all those crazy things have happened.”
Yesterday’s U.S. screening of “Back and Forth” included a tie-in performance from the Foo Fighters playing Wasting Light from start to finish. The performance was shown in the movie theatres via live feed following the documentary.
Wasting Light is set for release April 12 as the follow-up to 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace.
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