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William S. Burroughs: A Man Within


The film features never before seen footage of William S. Burroughs, as well as exclusive interviews with his closest friends and colleagues including John Waters, Genesis P-Orridge, Laurie Anderson, Peter Weller, David Cronenberg, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant and soundtrack by Sonic Youth. Burroughs was one of the first writers to cross the boundaries of queer and drug culture in the 1950s. He has influenced generations of artists.
This extremely personal documentary breaks the surface of the troubled and brilliant world of one of the greatest authors of all time.


  • Film Journal International
    Everything you need to know about a pioneering writer who took individuality to its furthest extremes.
  • San Francisco Chronicle
    One fascinating tribute.
  • Slant Magazine
    The documentary persuasively argues that Burrough's most dangerous addiction might have been the refusal of love.
  • The New York Times
    There is not a word or image wasted in a documentary you wish ran an extra half-hour beyond its condensed 90 minutes.
  • Video Librarian
    Never-before-seen archival footage of Burroughs (with Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol, and others) completes this fine portrait of the artist… Reccomended.

Festival Participation

  • Viennale - 2010
  • Chicago International Music and Movies Festival - 2010
  • Oldenburg Film Festival - 2010
  • Frameline Film Festival - 2010
  • London Film Festival - 2010
  • Seattle International Film Festival - 2010
  • Sao Paulo International Film Festival - 2010
  • Slamdance Film Festival - 2010
  • Sarasota International Film Festival - 2010
  • Maryland Film Festival - 2010

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