Hal trailer: A documentary examining the work and influence of the great Hal Ashby
In what feels like a long overdue celebration of Hal Ashby's influential work, the documentary, Hal, attempts to put that right. The list of classics he directed in the 70s includes films like Harold and Maude, Being There, The Last Detail, Shampoo, and Coming Home, creating a legacy that has gone onto inspire countless filmmakers over the past 40 years. Watch the trailer for Hal above to get an idea of what's in store.
Although Hal Ashby directed a remarkable string of acclaimed, widely admired classics throughout the 70s, he is often overlooked amid the crowd of luminaries from his generation. Amy Scott’s exuberant portrait explores that curious oversight, using rare archival materials, interviews, personal letters, and audio recordings to reveal a passionate, obsessive artist.
Ashby was a Hollywood director who constantly clashed with Hollywood, but also a unique soul with an unprecedented insight into the human condition and an unmatched capacity for good. His films were an elusive blend of honesty, irreverence, humour, and humanity. And it's easy to see why so many fans of film hold him in such high regard.
This is Amy Scott's first time directing and she has attracted a long list of famous contributors including Lee Grant, Jane Fonda, Jon Voight, Louis Gossett Jr, Jeff Bridges, Alexander Payne, Judd Apatow, Lisa Cholodenko and David O. Russell.
Hal gets an early September release in the US but no news on a UK date just yet.