Buddy Holly biopic ‘Clear Lake’ to be directed by Oscar nominated filmmaker

music news 25/05/2020

The upcoming biopic about the life of rock ‘n’ roll artist Buddy Holly, titled Clear Lake, has found a renowned director to jump on board. 

Bruce Beresford is the filmmaker behind many famous films such as Crimes of the Heart (1986), Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and Double Jeopardy (1999), and has now agreed to direct this new biopic. Beresford has previously earned Academy Award nominations for his work on the movies Breaker Morant (1980) and Tender Mercies (1983).

I found myself attracted to Clear Lake because the script tells the tragic story of Buddy Holly and his era in fascinating detail and with vivid characterisations.

"Needless to say, the added plus of all the wonderful music was also a major lure,” he explained in an interview. 

The film will capture Buddy Holly’s early years, his rise to fame and his endeavours to break racial barriers through the use of music. The rocker’s 1958 'Biggest Show of Stars' tour (alongside Little Anthony & the Imperials co-founder Clarence Collins) will be the focus of the narrative, as well as the tragic events surrounding the plane crash that took the singer's life, colloquially known as “the day the music died.”

Holly’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, and the Holly estate will be helping with the motion picture, alongside Beresford and producer Stuart Benjamin. The Hollywood veteran has previously found success with music biopics, producing the films Ray and La Bamba about the lives of Ray Charles and Ritchie Valens, respectively.

Clear Lake was originally announced in 2018, with production expected in late 2020 if no further COVID-19 restrictions are applied.