“God Bless Ozzy Osbourne”, the feature-length documentary about the life of the legendary heavy metal singer that Ozzy Osbourne‘s son, Jack Osbourne, co-produced, will air on July 13 on the U.S. cable network Showtime.
“God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” was released on DVD and Blu-ray last November via Eagle Rock Entertainment. During the documentary, Ozzy recounts his troubled youth, his early career with BLACK SABBATH and the impact of fame and addictions on his first marriage. Viewers also witness the second chapter of his life as a family man with Sharon, during which his addictions grew to a frightening level, as well as hear Ozzy and his children explain his attempts at staying clean, ultimately resulting in more than five years of sobriety. Music fans also see live performances from around the world, including rare behind-the-scenes clips of Ozzy on and off stage, in his dressing rooms pre-show, to his nights in a series of hotel rooms. Throughout “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne”, audiences are given an inside look into the life of a rock star, from the good times to the bad.
“This is the most honest portrait of my father. I set out to tell the truth — regardless of how raw it might be — and I think we accomplished just that,” said Jack Osbourne.
“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, 2011 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.