Stephen Kijak

  • 31 October 2005

Occupation

Filmmaker

Stephen Kijak and Mia Bays - A variety of stars were snapped as they arrived for the Premiere Of Gravitas Ventures' 'Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of' which was held at ArcLight Cinemas in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 29th January 2015

Show 'Em What You're Made Of: Backstreet Boys Talk Success And Setbacks In Poignant Documentary [Trailer]

By Holly Williams in Movies / TV / Theatre on 19 December 2014

Backstreet Boys Lou Pearlman Nick Carter Brian Littrell Howie Dorough Stephen Kijak

Success came and went for Backstreet Boys, but 20 years on, they're still a team.

The Backstreet Boys' time in the spotlight was a limited one at best, with so many elements contributing to their sudden fame and subsequent chart plunder. They unveiled a fresh new sound last year and now mark their return with a new documentary entitled 'Show 'Em What You're Made Of'.

Image caption Backstreet Boys ponder their career in a new documentary

The American boyband had their biggest career peak in 1999, but it wasn't long before they became another forgotten about boyband. They seemed to become an overnight hit in the UK and Europe, and soon they stormed their own nation. However, the success was blighted by lawsuits against their manager Lou Pearlman, who allegedly stole a large proportion of the band's earnings, not to mention problems with Jive Records, Nick Carter's desire to pursue a solo career, Kevin Richardson's departure and A.J. McLean's drug abuse confession.

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Scott Walker: 30 Century Man Review

By Chris Cabin

Excellent

Early into Stephen Kijak's fascinating documentary Scott Walker: 30 Century Man, the obscure crooner talks about his tragic attempts at cinephilia in his early days as a musician. Arriving in England and later Scandinavia, the young Walker was excited to talk about Chabrol, Bergman, and Carl Th. Dreyer but found that Europeans only wanted to talk about Woody Allen. It's a funny bit of history, especially coming from an on-camera Walker, a nomadic performer who notoriously shuns the spotlight and is a famous perfectionist when it comes to his once-in-a-blue-moon records. His songs are themselves cinematic, and Walker name-checks many kitchen-sink dramatists, including Terry Thomas, as inspirations for his early work.Forever hidden from the world behind a pair of starless-night-black sunglasses and a pulled-down baseball cap, it turns out that Scott Walker looks quite ordinary once you get him to come out from behind the curtain. As a shot of musical nostalgia, 30 Century Man is double barreled: Part chronicled life, part big-name appreciative ceremony. The likes of Brian Eno, David Bowie, Radiohead, and Johnny Marr of The Smiths come out to voice their devotion to Walker, many of them talking about and reacting to their favorite Walker tracks. Sting reacting to "It's Raining Today" is a trip, but Bowie, who serves as executive producer here, talking about how he dated one of Walker's exes, is blissful. Transposed from America to England and then back again, Walker is the death's head moth to Brian Wilson's fluttering, buoyant monarch -- likening himself to Orson Welles or, just maybe, Jacques Brel. Fittingly obsessed with Beckett and Francis Bacon, he spent most of the '70s in obscurity, releasing uninspired cover records that cheapened his immense talent.

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