Iconic Dunedin band The Chills have announced that they’ll be releasing a new documentary in 2019, focussing on their frontman Martin Phillipps as he deals with a potentially life-threatening illness.
Titled ‘Martin Phillipps and The Chills’, the doco is in its early pre-production stages, and currently has a Kickstarter campaign going to raise funds for it.
Director Julia Parnell is helming the project, and wants to give viewers the chance to hear, “one of New Zealand music’s most dramatic stories”.
The film will follow the band’s incredible rise to international prominence as the most famous band from Flying Nun’s ‘Dunedin Sound’ - right up until drugs and depression saw things crashing to a halt.
According the the Kickstarter, Phillipps found out last year that he “had a 30 percent chance of dying within six to 12 months if he did not make substantial lifestyle changes.” He has battled with Hepatitis C since the late 1990s.
Teasers for the documentary show him sorting through his things and trying to put his affairs in order so that his family will not have to when he passes. Watch the teasers below: