Eric Clapton Documentary Airs Feb. 10 on Showtime

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Eric Clapton (Photo by David Wedgbury via Showtime. Used with permission)

The documentary film, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, will have its U.S. television premiere on Showtime this Saturday, Feb. 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The film is directed by Lili Fini Zanuck, producer of Driving Miss Daisy. Zanuck has partnered with producer John Battsek, whose credits include Oscar winners One Day in September and Searching for Sugar Man.

The film premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival in September. The New York Times called it “a story of recovery and recovered integrity.”

On Jan. 29, Showtime released several additional clips from the film.

Watch a sneak peak

Watch Clapton’s press conference at TIFF on Sept. 11

Watch another clip released Jan. 29

Scroll to the bottom of the page to view the trailer, released in September.

Said Zanuck in the announcement, “Clapton’s music is the foundation of our film. His commitment to the blues, its traditions and originators, is absolute from his earliest days. The film traces all the key junctures: his prodigious talent, obsessive impatience, perfectionism and musical ‘mission.’”

Related: Clapton played a private concert in Paris in January

The film also chronicles Clapton’s personal ups and downs, including his addiction and the loss of a son in 1991. Says Zanuck, “Despite the fact that his path is strewn with tragedies, addiction and loss, he never fails to regain his bearings and continue to serve what he holds dearest: his music.”

Related: Clapton returned to live performance Sept. 7 with a show at Madison Square Garden

The producer, Battsek, notes: “We have unique access to Clapton’s extensive personal archive of classic performance clips, on- and off-stage footage, iconic photos, concert posters, handwritten letters, drawings and personal diary entries – elements with the power to transport audiences to each era, from obsessive student, to peer, to transcendent figure in musical history and one of the greatest guitarists of all time.”

Watch the trailer for Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars


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