‘Sugar Man’ becomes SA’s most successful doccie of all time – Times LIVE


The hit documentary about musician Rodriguez, which sold out in theatres across the country has become the most successful documentary of all time in South Africa.

Searching for Sugar Man has made over R2 million at the box office and is currently still screening exclusively at Cinema Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor Theatres – and shows continue to sell out.

via ‘Sugarman’ becomes SA’s most successful doccie of all time – Times LIVE.

Some of the recent posts on the Sugarman.org Message Board

Entry #: 865

Entry Date: 2012-06-28 23:42:11

Name: David
Visitor Comments: Rodriguez – I found you through the Grantland.com article about the documentary and bought your album on iTunes today. I cannot stop listening. It has brought me immeasurable joy already and cannot wait to see the film here in Denver!

Entry #: 864

Entry Date: 2012-06-28 18:10:21

Name: Rebecca Fiedler
Visitor Comments: Rodriguez!

Wow. I wish I had words to describe exactly what seeing your film was like. I was handed free tickets to it on the street at random when I was visiting Austin, Tx for SXSW. I had NO idea I was in for such a gift! I think your story is one of the best ever untold. You are so wonderfully talented but synchronically humble and grounded, just like one of my most favorite musicians, Johnny Cash. I can’t believe you weren’t famous when you released your albums un the U.S.; it seems like an atrocity of the music culture not to immediately give you the fame you deserve, but, as I’ve thought about it, God works in mysterious ways, and I think about how this amazing story of yours never would have been what it is without that temporary lack of fame. I’m so glad you did NOT light yourself on fire! I remember my joy when you were just ten steps away from me in the Paramount theatre in Austin that night as you ascended the stage. I am so glad that you are indeed here with us to keep making music. I’ve never been able to see you perform live, and I would love the chance to! I attend Baylor University here in Texas; if you ever did a show here, I would be ecstatic.

Thanks for sharing your gift! Christ bless you!

Love, Rebecca

Entry #: 863

Entry Date: 2012-06-27 23:46:45

Name: Ramsey Hassan
Visitor Comments: Just come back from watching ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ and, boy, was it good!

Coming into this movie cold I was on the edge of my seat as tis story unfolded but I was knocked sideways by the actual music – truly inspired songwriting.

I walked out wanting to buy your 2 albums but hestitated because I didn’t want to fill the pockets of those that exploited such soulful Art. PLEASE tour because I think you’ll be very popular – you don’t even need a band – just a guitar – I can see you on ‘Live on Jools Holland’ which is a very big credible music show in the UK.

And put out a new record. you’re a free agent now and I know will have so much new things to say.

Thank you so much for sharing your music and your story.

Entry #: 862

Entry Date: 2012-06-27 12:16:44

Name: Rob Cross
Visitor Comments: Funny thing….dug my old vinyls out recently to store on my HDD and came across my COLD FACT….I saw the show in Melbourne some 32 years ago and I remember it well…you could hear a pin drop through out the gig everyone was so blown away by your sound…some woman from the balcony screamed out something in Spanish and you and her spoke briefly and then with a laugh you told us all she gave you her phone number…..never forget that gig.

Entry #: 861

Entry Date: 2012-06-27 07:38:38

Name: jonas
Visitor Comments: Hi, thank you from Australia,I brought 2 new copies,check to make sure you get paid.Come back one day let me know if you do.

Entry #: 860

Entry Date: 2012-06-27 00:54:54

Name: Janice
Visitor Comments: This takes me back suddenly. I cannot believe it. I knew the minute I saw the name Sugarman who it was but haven’t thought of this music for 30 years. Welcome back! I really want to see the documentary and hope someone posts it on Facebook. thanks so much Janice

Entry #: 859

Entry Date: 2012-06-26 06:19:05

Name: Barry
Visitor Comments: Thanks Rodriguez for those amazing hours listening over and over to your records so many years ago in Johannesburg South Africa. There was a connection then which was special and will always be remembered.

Entry #: 858

Entry Date: 2012-06-24 07:53:39

Name: Sue Olive
Visitor Comments: Hi Tony,

I’m listening to the lyrics now from the album “coming from reality” and the song is called “Cause”.
You can see the lyrics on the the website link included http://www.sugarman.org/afterlyrics.html.

Cheers Sue

Entry #: 857

Entry Date: 2012-06-24 06:23:50

Name: Tony Secker
Visitor Comments: Hi,have been listening to an CD that was taken from both albums (i think) and am trying to find the name of a great song that starts of with the lyrics -cause i lost my job two weeks before Christmas and I talked to Jesus at the store and the Pope said it was none of damm business,olso in the is the wonderfull line about escaping in a teardrop and slidind under the door sill.Hope someone is able to help me.Many thanks Tony
Admin Reply: The song is called “Cause”. See original lyric sheet

‘Searching For Sugar Man’ To Open 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

‘Searching For Sugar Man’, a new documentary about Rodriguez by Swedish film director, Malik Bendjelloul, will be one of the three opening films at next week’s 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

The film will have its international premiere next Thursday 19th January, at the Sundance Festival as a representative of the World Documentary section of the Festival.

‘Searching For Sugar Man’ was completed over the past three years and was filmed in Cape Town and Detroit, and other South African and US locations.

More Info:




http://collider.com/sundance-2012-film-competition-line-up/129488/#more-129488 – Searching for Sugar Man / Denmark, United Kingdom (Director: Malik Bendjelloul) — Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Hailed as the greatest recording artist of his generation he disappeared into oblivion – rising again from the ashes in a completely different context many miles away. World Premiere. Day One Film.

For more info, please contact:



Email: sugar@sugarmusic.co.za

Rodriguez Documentary to be shown at Sundance in January 2012

From The Salt Lake Tribune

Searching for Sugar Man » (Denmark/United Kingdom) A portrait of the ‘70s rock star Rodriguez, “the Latin Bob Dylan,” who went from fame to obscurity — only to rise again in a different context many miles away. Directed by Malik Bendjelloul.

From Sundance.org

Searching for Sugar Man / Denmark, United Kingdom (Director: Malik Bendjelloul) — Rodriguez was the greatest ‘70s US rock icon who never was. Hailed as the greatest recording artist of his generation he disappeared into oblivion – rising again from the ashes in a completely different context many miles away. World Premiere. DAY ONE FILM

Rodriguez website: http://sugarman.org

Rodriguez Documentary to be shown at Sundance in January 2012
Rodriguez Documentary to be shown at Sundance in January 2012

Rodriguez: New York City Trip

This week Rodriguez will be traveling to New York City for two awesome events…

Interview + Live Solo Performance on internet radio station EAST VILLAGE RADIO. Rodriguez is scheduled to play a couple songs and be interviewed.

Friday, December 2nd, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST

LISTEN LIVE ONLINE: www.eastvillageradio.com

Rodriguez is playing a special solo show opening for Charles Bradley at the Bowery Ballroom. The show is sold out.

Saturday, December 3rd, 8 PM EST

MORE INFO: http://www.boweryballroom.com/event/60545/

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