Upcoming documentary examines Lemmy

"Be sure to get my good side!"
"Be sure to get my good side!"

There are some subjects that just beg for the IMAX treatment, and this is one of them: The life and career of Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister is being celebrated in a new documentary, tentatively titled Lemmy and slated for release in 2009.

The film promises fans incredible access to Kilmister's life, and includes interviews with past and present bandmates and such peers/admirers as Slash, Dave Grohl, The Clash's Mick Jones, Alice Cooper, Steve Vai and more.

The documentary is being directed and produced by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski, who are shooting the film on a combination of HD video and super 16 mm film.

"Lemmy never ceases to surprise me," Orshoski says. "You think you know who Lemmy is, but you have no idea. If you think you have Lemmy all figured out, trust me. You don't!"

"Shooting Lemmy is like filming dangerous wildlife," says Olliver. "He never does what you expect him to do, and he never does anything you want him to do. A lot of the coolest shots are shots we had to wait for four or five shows to go by before we could get them."

A distribution deal has yet to be inked, but a highly entertaining teaser (featuring Kilmister testing out a bass amp at deafening volume) is available at Lemmymovie.com.

By Joe Bosso