Few today remember the story of Jobriath (Bruce Wayne Campbell), a brilliantly talented New York rocker whom Elektra Records marketed to glam rock fans as an authentically gay American David Bowie. Jobriath's reign was brief, lasting less than two years and two albums, as he was victimized by a over-hyped publicity machine, shunned by the gay community, and dismissed by most critics as all flash, no substance. Eventually, Jobriath was excommunicated from the music business and retreated to the Chelsea Hotel, where he died forgotten in 1983 at the age of 37, one of the earliest casualties of AIDS.
Over the years, Jobriath’s music was rediscovered and championed by the likes of the Pet Shop Boys, Gary Numan, Ann Magnuson, Def Leppard, and Morrissey (who called Jobriath his favorite singer) and helped put out a compilation CD called Planet Lonely Boy. Now, nearly 40 years after his solo debut, with the help of rare live footage, deeply revealing interviews with friends and family, complete access to Jobriath's music, and original animation, filmmaker Kieran Turner painstakingly traces the bizarre, tragic, and nearly forgotten mystery that was Jobriath.
Directed by Kieran Turner, U.S.A., 2011, 104 mins.Official site Director interview The Guardian Variety NY Daily News