A Film About Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott Is Headed Our Way

The 'Songs for While I'm Away' documentary features interviews with members of U2, Metallica and more
A Film About Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott Is Headed Our Way
A new documentary on the life and work of Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott is getting set for release. 

Phil Lynott: Songs for While I'm Away was helmed by Irish director Emer Reynolds, and "gets to the heart of Philip, the father, the husband, the friend, the son, the rock icon, the poet and the dreamer," through "the words of Phil himself and...some of his iconic songs," per a press release.

The film will also include interviews with Thin Lizzy's Eric Bell, Scott Gorham and Darren Wharton, in addition to U2's Adam Clayton, Suzi Quatro, Huey Lewis, Metallica's James Hetfield and Ultravox's Midge Ure.

"We are so delighted that Phil Lynott: Songs for While I'm Away — our film about the legendary Phil Lynott — will soon be coming to the big screen! We can't wait to share it with Irish audiences and to celebrate Philip and his extraordinary life and music," Reynolds said in a statement.

Lynott's daughters, Sarah Lynott and Cathleen Howard-Lynott, added: "As always, we are incredibly proud of our dad and we loved having the opportunity to look at the man behind the music with this film."

An exact release date for Songs for While I'm Away has yet to be been announced, but it plans to first premiere in Irish theatres. Lynott passed away in January, 1986, at age 36. 

In 2005, a life-size bronze statue of Lynott was erected in Dublin. Last year, the Central Bank of Ireland issued a €15 silver commemorative coin to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Lynott's birth, as part of its Modern Irish Musicians series.