You Never Had It – An Evening With Charles Bukowski

Opens Friday, August 7

This powerful documentary is comprised of rare found footage of writer Charles Bukowski. Producer and journalist Silvia Bizio recounts her time with the author and the discovery of an extraordinary time capsule that lead to the documentary’s creation – a video interview conducted by Bizio in January of 1981 with Bukowski at his home in San Pedro, California.

It was a long night of smoking cigarettes and drinking wine with Bukowski and his soon to be wife, Linda Lee Beighle, talking about all kinds of subjects, from writers to sex, love and humanity. The interview was shot on Umatic tapes which have been digitized and edited along with new shots in Super8 of scenes of Los Angeles today and poems read by Bukowski.

53 minutes. Documentary. NR.

You Never Had It is a time capsule which captures an iconic American author in his natural state and habitat […] must see footage for any Bukowski enthusiast…”

Hammer To Nail

“Highly recommended”

God is in the TV

“Exuberant, surprising and fascinating film.”

Panorama Magazine

“Innovative, visceral”

GQ, Italy

Rent Online - $12

Opens Friday, August 7

More info. coming soon.

Q&A Discussion

A Virtual Q&A, with special guests to be announced will be held to celebrate Charles Bukowski’s 100th birthday. More info. coming soon.

This Film Supports the Theater!

This film is being provided by our friends at Kino. 40% of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Michigan Theater Foundation!

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