1. Searching For Sugar Man
Two South Africans go on a quest to find cult US musician Sixto Rodriguez, whose lyrics of struggle and injustice had a huge impact in their apartheid-stained country in the ’70s. Cue a gloriously happy ending. The film is out on DVD and Blu-ray on 27 December. Best bit: The feverish reception for Rodriguez when he visits South Africa.
If you’ve ever heard the music of folk dude Sixto Rodriguez, you’ll know the Sugar Man – the spectral drug dealer at the heart of the Mexican-American songwriter’s best-known track of the same name. Via Rodriguez’s sparse acoustic guitar and vocal, the Sugar Man slips his customers horror, salvation and false friends, as well as drugs. At the song’s end a woozy whistle from the guitar searches for new highs and gets lost up there. And it’s up there where the singer has been hiding, according to Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul, whose reality-stretching documentary Searching For Sugar Man tells Rodriguez’s remarkable story.