Avicii: True Stories, a documentary about the Swedish superstar’s career, has officially released on Netflix in the US, UK, and Australia. Its initial debut in October 2017 — just six months before his death — was limited to Netflix users in Western Europe and a few Scandinavian movie theaters. Months later, people thought the streaming service may have taken it down given the circumstances. However, according to an interview between The Guardian and its director, that wasn’t the case:
“The film was never supposed to have a wider release back then. What happened was people tried to watch the movie in the US and UK and couldn’t find it. So, they ran with the story that it had been pulled.”
Directed by Levan Tsikyrishvili, who spent four years following the DJ/producer, the documentary tells the story of Avicii‘s career from the beginning. It includes an inside look on his rise to fame, personal life, health struggles, creative process, hectic touring schedule, and interviews with friends and celebrity DJs alike (including David Guetta, Tiesto, and more). It also includes remarks from Tim Bergling himself.
In a press release for its initial launch, Tsikurishvili described the influence behind his creation:
“I wanted to do a brutally honest film about Tim as a person and not only about Avicii. Everybody knows Avicii but very few people know Tim. I think this documentary really shows Tim’s struggle and strength of character. Being a worldwide superstar artist is not as easy as it looks on Instagram.”
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