You Never Had It - An Evening With Charles Bukowski
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Join Silvia Bizio and director Matteo Borgardt for an in depth discussion of Silvia's evening interviewing Charles Bukowski in 1981 and the making of the extraordinary documentary time capsule of that night. Moderated by Slamdance Film Festival Co-founder Peter Baxter. Watch HERE
"You Never Had It is a time capsule which captures an iconic American author in his natural state and habitat [...] must see footage for any Bukowski enthusiast..." - Hammer To Nail
"Innovative, visceral!" - GQ, Italy
The documentary features producer and Italian journalist Silvia Bizio during an intimate evening interviewing irreverent writer and poet Charles Bukowski in January 1981 at his home in San Pedro, California at the peak of his literary success. The vintage footage, an extraordinary time capsule comprised of Bizio's old dusty tapes, was long thought lost. She rediscovered the valuable cache in her garage 20 years after Bukowski's passing. The film also features a present-day Bizio reminiscing about her cherished life-changing encounter with the author. During that fateful evening, the two and others, including Bukowski's soon-to-be wife Linda Lee Beighle, smoke cigarettes and drink wine over a languorous evening that unfolds with intimate conversations probing sex, literature, childhood and humanity. The interview was shot on U-matic videotapes, which have been digitized and edited along with new Super8 footage shot in Downtown Los Angeles set against poems read aloud by Bukowski himself A rare look at the man behind the words, the title of the film takes inspiration from the final line of Bukowski's poem, "Those Sons of Bitches" from the collection "Mockingbird Wish Me Luck" (1972).