"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
As the saga of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius continues to unfold, it seems inevitable that a media outlet would move to relay the tragic story of the disgraced athlete, accused of murdering his girlfiend on Valentine’s Day, on film. Moving quickly (and perhaps boldly), BBC Three has commissioned an hour-long “fast-turnaround” documentary detailing the death of South African model Reeva Steenkamp and subsequent murder trial of the fallen Olympian, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
“BBC Three is never afraid to tackle current affairs, and we are committed to showing bold, thought-provoking programs for 16-34-year olds,” said BBC Three controller Zai Bennett. The production company, Mentorn Media, “will be producing this program at incredible speed.”
A broadcast date has not yet been set, but executive producer Steve Anderson emphasized the speed as well, saying, ”The story of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp has captured everyone’s attention. It is hugely important, and Mentorn has the expertise to deliver it quickly to BBC Three.”
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Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)