Michelle Heighway / International Freelance Filmmaker

Self-Shooting Producer/Director 

Based in West Yorkshire

 

Michelle Heighway is known for her critically acclaimed documentary Mr. Somebody? , which is a rare intimate portrait that took place over 4 years, this was premiered at Sheffield Doc Festival 2014. Funded by NFTS Film Clinic and You Tube.
 
"Indeed, the prying eye of her camera as it is invited into his home is perhaps the closest any film crew has got to discovering the inner workings of this peculiar fellow".  Top10Films
 
Michelle recently completed her 2nd feature documentary Energy: A Documentary about Damo Suzuki. Which is screening internationally during 2023.
 
“Inspirational story of the ex-Can vocalist’s survival and creative drive”. Mike Barnes @MOJOmagazine
 
“In the music zone we see the artist open himself to the moment, whipping up storms and summoning magic from the ground with the sound carriers. It really is something.” Leah Kardos
The Wire Magazine 

 

10 FEB Blog :

Damo Suzuki - 16 January 1950 - 9 February 2024

We are devastated to announce that Damo Suzuki passed away on the 9th February.

A life force that will be missed by many.

Lost for words.

Damo forever.

Sending strength, love and condolences to the family and loved ones.

#Energy #DamoSuzukisNetwork

God bless

 

 

- UPDATE: 19 FEB 2024

Thanks so much for the support. I would like to thank everyone for the kind messages at this time. I have had so many messages asking where you can buy the documentary.

 

 

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/energythefilm

Watch here on VIMEO

Japanese Subtitles below: 

Damo Suzuki typed these over a 3 month period at home in 2023, then e mailed them to Michelle (me) to copy and paste into Adobe Premiere.

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/damosuzukidoc

 

Available 1 March - Amazon

 

And our Etsy Store - DVD

 

Due to a great response, ENERGY: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DAMO SUZUKI is now available to watch exclusively on Vimeo WORLDWIDE

Link to stream online HERE

Energy: A Documentary about Damo Suzuki

An existential journey through the power of healing with the enigmatic Damo Suzuki, former lead singer of krautrock legends CAN. Critically acclaimed director Michelle Heighway has been working with the mercurial Japanese-born musician since 2014, culminating in the fascinating insights of ENERGY. The film follows Suzuki over five years of his life in Germany and the UK as he confronts cancer and attempts to continue a never-ending global tour.

The film’s production was made possible by the incredible support it received from two crowdfunding campaigns.

“In the music zone we see the artist open himself to the moment, whipping up storms and summoning magic from the ground with the sound carriers. It really is something.” 

The Wire Magazine - ISSUE 468 / Leah Kardos

“Inspirational story of the ex-Can vocalist’s survival and creative drive”.

  Mike Barnes MOJO Magazine. Review Issue 354

Next Screening @

Musikfilm Festivalen @ DFI Copenhagen - 19th Sept 8:45pm 2023

https://www.dfi.dk/cinemateket/biograf/alle-film/film/energy-documentary-about-damo-suzuki?fbclid=IwAR17jD_JFBeogf8zUaTt498AhOaL7HBxgyKZo3gnULwrfMtGnRh8u9oqqQQ

CINEMAS/FESTIVALS - GET IN TOUCH NOW TO BOOK WORLDWIDE

 EMAIL -  mheighway at i4visuals.com 
 

2022 Screenings:

Energy : A Documentary about Damo Suzuki

Doc' n Roll Film Festival 2022 - 9 Cities

https://www.docnrollfestival.com/ / https://www.damosuzuki.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Docn-Roll-Film-Festival-ENERGY-A-Documentary-about-Damo-Suzuki-1.pdf

Director Michelle Heighway is delighted to announce ENERGY: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DAMO SUZUKI with a premiere in London and 9  screenings across the UK.
Event supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery. BFI
 
 

Doc'n Roll Film Festival 2022.

UK Festival Tour Dates: October 30 - November 11, 2022

London, RIO - 30 October - SUNDAY 4pm

Brighton, DUKE OF YORK - 1st November - TUESDAY

Bristol, CUBE - 4th November - Friday - 8pm

Nottingham, BROADWAY- 4th November - FRIDAY

Newcastle, TYNESIDE - 2nd November - WEDNESDAY

Birkenhead, FUTURE YARD - 6th November - SUNDAY 2pm

Birmingham, MOCKING BIRD - 6th November - SUNDAY 4pm

Cardiff, CHAPTER - 10th November - THURSDAY

Sheffield, SHOWROOM - 11th November - FRIDAY

 

Sound Watch 2022

https://soundwatch.de/2022/

OUT TO LUNCH FESTIVAL 2023

https://cqaf.com/energy-a-documentary-about-damo-suzuki/

THE REAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2023 - April 21st

https://www.phoenix.org.uk/whats-on/programme/energy-a-documentary-about-damo-suzuki/

Melbourne Documentary Film Festival July 2023

https://mdff.org.au/films/energy-a-documentary-about-damo-suzuki

Musikfilm Festivalen @ DFI Copenhagen - 19th Sept 8:45pm 2023

https://www.dfi.dk/cinemateket/biograf/alle-film/film/energy-documentary-about-damo-suzuki?fbclid=IwAR17jD_JFBeogf8zUaTt498AhOaL7HBxgyKZo3gnULwrfMtGnRh8u9oqqQQ

July 10th / OXFORD - ENERGY: A Documentary about Damo Suzuki - The Ultimate Picture Palace

https://uppcinema.com/show/divine-schism-presents-energy/

The Carlton Club Manchester /6 June / Energy: A Documentary about Damo Suzuki + Live Online Q&A (Zoom Chat) with Damo Suzuki

https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/The-Carlton-Club-Manchester/Energy-A-documentary-about-Damo-Suzuki--QA--Gig-Screening/36339441/

 

Current/Past/Future Screenings Worldwide : https://filmfreeway.com/EnergyADocumentaryaboutDamoSuzuki

 

Michelle Heighway

We are excited to announce that ENERGY: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DAMO SUZUKI is screening at REAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL on 21st April at 7pm at the Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre.
 
 
Doc'n Roll Film Festival 2022.
UK Festival Tour Dates: October 30 - November 11, 2022
Director Michelle Heighway is delighted to announce ENERGY: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DAMO SUZUKI with a premiere in London and 9  screenings across the UK.
 
Event supported by the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery. BFI
 

Suzuki’s zen, positivity, dogged spirit and remarkable endurance is at the heart of a new documentary, Energy: A Film About Damo Suzuki, by Michelle Heighway.  The Guardian - Daniel Dylan Wray

www.energythefilm.co.uk (2nd Feature Documentary Directed by Michelle Heighway 2022)

My first feature length documentary Mr. Somebody?, screened at World Leading Festival Sheffield Doc Fest June 2014 and Leeds International Film Festival 2014. More info @ www.mrsomebody.co.uk

 

Mr. Somebody? : In association with NFTS Film Clinic http://www.nftsfilmclinic.co.uk/

I am currently looking for a distributor.

Freelance Photography....

I have had my images published via Redwood Publishing, MixMag, Look,Orion Books, http://www.thisisfakediy.co.uk/ , The Guardian, Clashmusic.com, , Glamour, (New York based Webzine) QRO Magazine,  MyDaily and www.instyle.co.uk , etc.

Freelance Filmmaker......

I have had work broadcast via Channel 4 , 40D via http://www.twofour.co.uk/, Choon TV and world wide via http://www.geonet-dm.com/home/.

Film Festival Screenings

2014

Sheffield Doc Fest

Leeds International Film Festival

Mr. Somebody?

"Mr Somebody? is a very humorous yet occasionally deeply moving home-grown tale". Bring the Noise

 

2022

Energy : A Documentary about Damo Suzuki

Doc' n Roll Film Festival 2022 - 9 Cities

https://www.docnrollfestival.com/ / https://www.damosuzuki.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Docn-Roll-Film-Festival-ENERGY-A-Documentary-about-Damo-Suzuki-1.pdf

Sound Watch 2022

https://soundwatch.de/2022/

OUT TO LUNCH FESTIVAL 2023

https://cqaf.com/energy-a-documentary-about-damo-suzuki/

THE REAL DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2023 - April 21st

https://www.phoenix.org.uk/whats-on/programme/energy-a-documentary-about-damo-suzuki/

Experimental film screenings.....

2008

 

BBC Bigger Picture , Manchester Exchange, Portobello Film Festival, Filmonik

https://homemcr.org/event/the-bigger-picture-filmonik/

 

I syndicate my images via a photo agency also. For more info please e-mail me @ mheighway@i4visuals.com

http://twitter.com/#!/JManglewurzel 

(Independent Documentary Directed by Michelle Heighway)

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