This August, audiences across the country will get an unrivalled look into the mind of legendary rock icon Ozzy Osbourne in “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne”, an exclusive in-theater event that will be broadcast to movie theaters nationwide on Wednesday, August 24 and Monday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m. (local time). Packed with never-before-seen BLACK SABBATH footage and recent solo tour clips, fans are set to enjoy an incredibly unique experience, by director/filmmaker and son of the Prince of Darkness himself, Jack Osbourne. Fellow musicians such as Paul McCartney, Tommy Lee and others will also share stories, while an exclusive interview with the Osbourne family explains why bringing Ozzy‘s storied history to life — through the eyes of his son Jack — was the perfect motivation to capture one of music’s greatest icons in candid splendor.
Don’t miss your chance to see this two-night event on the big screen.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, August 1.
For early access, go to this location.
Click here for a list of all participating theaters.
“God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” was co-produced by Jack Osbourne and is the first film released by Jack‘s production company, Jacko Productions. The documentary, which was originally titled “Wreckage Of My Past: The Ozzy Osbourne Story”, was directed by Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli.
“God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” premiered on April 24 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City and received a positive review from Entertainment Weekly, which said, “What could have been a glossy, fawning tribute to the most visible face in heavy metal music history — especially considering it was co-produced by his son, Jack — actually turned out to be a remarkably evenhanded look at Ozzy‘s monumental musical influence as well as his less exemplary life as an addict and often-absent father.”
Critic Joseph Brannigan Lynch added, “‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’ may not answer the question ‘What makes Ozzy act so… Ozzy-like?’, but it’s hardly a fluffy tribute. This documentary succeeds in offering a balanced portrait of a man who made many mistakes over the course of his addiction-riddled life and also happens to be one of the most influential hard rock singers ever.”
Lynch also wrote that the film “starts with Osbourne‘s poor childhood in the cramped quarters of inner-city Birmingham, England, and goes up to his long-sought sobriety following the end of the water-cooler fodder reality series ‘The Osbournes’.”
While the movie does not delve into certain aspects of Ozzy‘s life — such as his attempted strangulation of wife/manager Sharon years ago — frank interviews with his five children “portray him as an absentee father even when he was physically present due to his mind-numbing abuse of pills, cocaine and liquor,” according to Lynch.
The film features interviews with many of Ozzy‘s family members, friend and colleagues, including Paul McCartney, the members of BLACK SABBATH and MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s Tommy Lee.