We’re a sucker for a great rock ‘n’ roll doc and although the back story of our favourite southern sons is well known, ‘Talihina Sky’ really gets under the skin of the Followill clan. The 90 minute flick charts Kings of Leon’s dirt-poor early years through to the rise and rise to radio-wave domination. The pace is maintained with a mix of VHS footage, on-the-road clips and present day interviews, threaded through with sequences shot at their recent annual family reunion in Tennessee. Despite some heavy-handed visual cuts between live shows and the effects of religious faith healers (apparently there was an incident in his youth when drummer Nathan spoke in tongues), the strength of this doc lies in its transparency. Given the level of control the band had as the film’s producers, they could have whitewashed any friction or bad behaviour but they refuse to shy away from rifts, rivalries and power struggles. A must see for music and KOL fans alike.
‘Talihina Sky’ opens at selected cinemas from today.
Watch the trailer below: