An intimate and candid trip down memory lane with the iconic lead guitarist of The Kinks. Shot on the hills and beaches of Exmoor (which have bewitched the London-born Dave Davies since childhood) and interspersed with a wide range of archival footage, its subject narrates the struggles of growing up poor in postwar Britain, his even more tumultuous experiences in the limelight, and his sentimental but uncompromising approach to life.
Ray Davies: Imaginary Man
Julien Temple, UK, 2010, HDCAM, 80m
This documentary follows Ray Davies shortly after the release of his 2010 album, See My Friends, and is structured around one-on-one interviews with the former Kink. Less of a companion piece than an accompaniment to Temple’s film about Ray’s younger brother Dave, the film’s style reflects Ray’s acerbic wit and personality.