The British-made Norwegian documentary Burn the Place You Hide is now available to either own or rent online through VHX and Vimeo.
Burn the Place You Hide tells the story of Thomas Hansen, known as Saint Thomas on stage, one of the most original and painfully honest voices in pop music. Haunted the debilitating effects of mental illness, his music mirrored his life: playful, emotive and often explosive, but always from a place of heartfelt candour. Hansen himself passed away in 2007 at age 31. The documentary captures interviews with his friends, family and musicians, and combines this with a wealth of never-before-seen material including photographs and diary entries. The film explores Thomas’ memories of those closest to him, the story as much about Thomas as it is about themselves. While the documentary itself is a British production, the story it follows is a very Norwegian tale of a local artist struggling with his own very personal issues. The soundtrack of the film is undoubtedly beautiful, and the filmmakers carefully work the interviews with the archival footage to create an intriguing documentary into the life and music of one of the most skilled musicians in Norway.
This Kickstarter and self-funded documentary is by British filmmakers Richard Knight and Gary Reynolds, and made primarily in their spare time. The documentary, which had to be delayed from its original early 2015 release due to illness, had its official premiere last month at the Bergen International Film Festival, and is now preparing to travel around international film festivals. The film premiered alongside an album release of Thomas’ last works.
Listen to some of his music
Where to watch it
For British audiences, the documentary will premiere at London’s Doc ‘n Roll Film Festival on the 13th of November, with an official release to come shortly after.
For European audiences, the documentary is available for pre-order here.
Burn the Place You Hide is produced by Native Weapon Films.