Magnolia Gets Bukowski Doc
by Eugene Hernandez
Magnolia Pictures has acquired the Sundance 2003 competition documentary, "Bukowski: Born Into This." The film, directed by John Dullaghan, was produced by the director with consulting producers Diane Markow and John McCormick. Magnolia's Eamonn Bowles acquired the movie on the final day of the festival and will release it this summer.
"We're really jazzed to be handling this film," Bowles said in a prepared statement, "Director John Dullaghan and crew have done a magnificent job in turning a long time obsession into a striking film with a surprising emotional pull."
The documentary features interviews with Sean Penn, Bono, Harry Dean Stanton, and others. In the words of the acquisitions announcement, the film reveals famed writer Charles Bukowski "in his own words and as seen by the people who knew him best -- the film peels off the hardened mask of the beast to reveal the insecure, loving, and extremely human man underneath."