Laura goes to the UK Premiere of ‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne’

Posted on 17 June 2011 by Mizzle

As a big lover for all things rock ‘n’ roll, I was beyond excited to be attending the first UK screening of God Bless Ozzy Osbourne; an insightful documentary into the life of one of the biggest pioneers of heavy metal.

I rock up to the very swish Sony Pictures UK building in Central London and head to the bar to get into the spirit of things. As I soak up some Black Sabbath and Ozzy tunes whilst sipping on complimentary drinks, do not worry I wasn’t drinking in true Ozzy style mine was a cranberry juice, soon enough it was time to enter for the screening.

It was a small room, with a modest turnout but this only added to the ambience of an intimate feeling. I couldn’t wait to get up close and very personal with one of rocks most iconic legends.
Jack Osbourne said a few words (literally, a few) to introduce the documentary that he had produced and a nice little touch was added to every seat: a God Bless Ozzy Osbourne t-shirt, a gold Ozzy cross medallion and the press release about the film.

Directed by Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli, the documentary begins with Ozzy’s troubled background growing up in Birmingham’s Perry Barr and how he formed the revolutionary band Black Sabbath with some of his neighbourhood friends. It goes on to show how the bands success and status helped to fund Ozzy’s wild man lifestyle. A life which was fuelled by drink and drugs all of which led to his crazy antics such as biting the heads off doves and bats, urinating on the Alamo and even covering hotel walls in his excrement – yes really – and this is only to name but a few. This eventually led to his first failed marriage and to him being inevitably fired from Black Sabbath. The film also goes on to detail his solo comeback and the deaths of his father, Jack Osbourne, and of his best friend and guitarist Randy Rhoads.

Containing some never-before-seen archive footage, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne also features recollections from Ozzy’s family, former Black Sabbath band mates and other rock icons including Sir Paul McCartney (The Beatles), Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe) and Robert Trujillo (Metallica). The documentary also features many of Ozzy’s tunes throughout his Black Sabbath days and his solo career.

The documentary itself shows a fascinating insight into The Prince of Darkness’s career, personal life, addictions and the impact it had upon his family and friends. You see a vulnerable side to Ozzy in some interviews, but it by no means paints him to be an angel. This is even shown in the image promoting the film: Ozzy resembles a Jesus-like figure, with his long hair, a cross and heavenly clouds forming a halo behind him. In juxtaposition to this, Ozzy wears a skull ring and the red flames lick up at him like the flames from the fiery pits of hell. The interviews not only highlight some of the darker things he has done but you also get to hear some of Ozzy’s confessions as he reminisces about the past.

The film strikes a good balance between the comic moments, the touching and even the unsettling; whilst the animal-lover in me did have to look away for one scene, I would well up in the next and be laughing at another.

This is defiantly one you should keep a look out for, as God Bless Ozzy Osbourne the documentary proves to be a very interesting and revealing rockumentary for any Ozzy fan or like minded rock’n’rollers out there.

Laura Gillion