Sophie B. Hawkins: The Cream Will Rise [DVD] [1998]

Director Gigi Gaston's extensive, seemingly endless DVD recap of the life and career of platinum-selling 1990s pop star Sophie B. Hawkins makes a wonderful case for the subject's unquestionable talent. On the disc she's shown playing guitars, cello, drums, and piano, as well as singing, dancing, and talking about her life and philosophy in concert, in the studio, and at home. Her fans are going to love it; those unfamiliar with her will discover a unique talent. Others may find her long-winded and self-obsessed, particularly when she's trying to reconcile her inevitable stardom, but the DVD's about her, right? Whom else is she going to talk about? A chapter called "bonus commentary footage" includes raw footage of Hawkins cross-legged on the floor answering Gaston's questions about how she got to be so great. Three very polished music videos, a photo gallery of pictures of Hawkins in a meadow, and text bios of the singer and the director are included. The Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack is sharp and clear, but with just two speakers, one has to crank the volume to get the rock & roll feel. Stick with the documentary, which includes snippets of some 20 songs, and scan past the self-reverence.
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Overview

Special Features


  • Filmmaker and artist biographies
  • Interactive menus
  • Over 26 minutes of commentary footage from Sophie B. Hawkins and filmmaker Gigi Gaston
  • Scene selection
  • Sophie B. Hawkins photo gallery with previously unreleased photos taken by the filmmaker
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Three music videos from Sophie B. Hawkins: "Lose Your Way," "The One You Have Not Seen," and "Walking in My Blue Jeans"

Synopsis


Sophie B. Hawkins: The Cream Will Rise
Singer-songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins attracted music-industry attention with her debut album Tongues and Tails (1992). Observing Hawkins rehearsal for a 1996 30-city tour, filmmaker Gigi Gaston proposed this potent documentary which includes over 20 Hawkins songs, along with the revelatory recollection of painful memories by the singer. Gaston (in her directorial debut) followed Hawkins back to her New York roots, where she left home at age 14 to live with a Nigerian drummer/artist while studying at Manhattan's School of Music. Seven hours of footage was shot of Hawkins talking with her mother, who discussed Sophie's anorexia, her fear of sex, her unhappy relationships, and the revelation of her sex abuse at age 10. Finding herself entangled in Gaston's "web of documentary," Hawkins says it led her to overcome her guilt and fear ( re: "a side of me I never wanted to know existed"), but legal threats by the abuser nearly put the footage on the shelf until sound effects were inserted to obliterate the abuser's name. The mother states her "great sadness about Sophie is not being able to have an emotional intimacy or connection with her." This 90-minute film, which impacted on the life of its subject, had its world premiere at the 1998 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

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    Sophie B. Hawkins



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