"God Bless Ozzy Osbourne", the much-anticipated "intimate" documentary that delves deep into the life of heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne, was shown for the first time earlier tonight (Sunday, April 24) at the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC in New York City. Attending the event were Ozzy and his wife Sharon, son Jack and daughter Kelly.
"God Bless Ozzy Osbourne" was co-produced by Jack Osbourne and is the first film released by Jack's production company, Jacko Productions. The documentary, which was originally titled "Wreckage Of My Past: The Ozzy Osbourne Story", was directed by Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli.
Ozzy, Jack, Fleiss and Piscitelli took part in a question-and-answer session at tonight's screening, which was also attended by Robert De Niro and Marky Ramone.
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Video footage of the question-and-answer session can be viewed below.
"It's something that came from our hearts," Sharon told Hollyscoop.com about the film. "It's about my husband, Jack's father. We [took on] the project with great passion and we feel that Jack managed to get a different side of Ozzy on film, somebody where it's not really Ozzy Osbourne, it's really the father on film."
When asked what parts of Ozzy's life he was trying to highlight in the documentary, Jack said, "We go back to him being a school boy, all the way up to... He got sober about five years ago, and it's all about everything kind of culminating up to that moment when he decided that... enough of the partying and let's see what life has to offer in a kind of a sober realm. So it's very much about him coming to terms with the fact that you can't keep going at that level for so long; eventually you've gotta get sober."
Ozzy's four-decade track record as a culturally relevant artist is unprecedented, but his personal struggles have been shrouded in myth and secrecy. Featuring never-before seen footage uncovered from the archives and interviews with Paul McCartney, Tommy Lee and others, "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne" is the first documentary to take viewers inside the complex mind of rock's great icon.
Emerging from a working class family in war-torn England, Osbourne and his neighborhood friends formed BLACK SABBATH and invented heavy metal. Plagued by self-doubt, Osbourne the solo superstar went on an epic binge that lasted 40 years. "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne" will relive the highs of his artistic triumphs as well as his fraught journey to sobriety, which Ozzy regards as his greatest accomplishment.
Ozzy said in a recent interview that he was hoping the film would include footage showing the singer in "a bad mood" — so fans can see Ozzy's real personality. "I said to [my son], 'Jack it can't be how wonderful I am all the time because I'm not that way all the time, everybody wakes up in a bad mood, everybody is a bit of a dick sometimes and everybody has a good day,'" he explained. "I'm human, you know.
"I'm hoping he's put a bit of sweet and sour in there," Ozzy added, "A documentary about my life is great but for every good thing there's a bad thing you know. When I was out there drinking and doing drugs I don't suppose I was Mister Charming."