New Tom Petty documentary to arrive in cinemas next month
By Classic Pop | September 29, 2021
A new Tom Petty documentary is to be released in cinemas next month, focusing on the making of his seminal 1994 album Wildflowers.
Directed by Mary Wharton (who helmed the superlative 2020 film Jimmy Carter: Rock And Roll President), Tom Petty – Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making Of Wildflowers first debuted back in March at SXSW 2021, where it won the festival’s Audience Award.
The 89-minute doc went on to win Best Documentary Film at the Boulder Film Festival and received widespread critical acclaim throughout the festival season. The picture digs deeper into 2020’s critically acclaimed certified gold reissue, Wildflowers & All The Rest collection which revealed the long-anticipated second half of Tom’s autobiographical masterpiece.
This film offers a unique look into the creative mastery and turbulent personal life of the late rock star and captures the period of 1993-1995 when Petty worked with legendary producer Rick Rubin for the first time. The doc features never-before-seen footage with new interviews with album co-producer and Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell along with Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and many more.
Tom Petty – Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making Of Wildflowers lands in cinemas on 20 October, which would have been Petty’s 71st birthday. The documentary will then be made available free of charge on YouTube Originals.