Avicii: True Stories is coming to Netflix, offering fans an insight into the life and work of the beloved Swedish DJ.
The 2017 documentary was removed from Netflix earlier this year, but will return on December 28.
Directed by Stockholm-based filmmaker Levan Tsikurishvili, the documentary follows Tim ‘Avicii’ Bergling over a period of four years; exploring his mental and physical health issues, introversion, and the pressures of touring.
There are of course moments of joy, with Avicii’s enduring passion for electronic music and creative collaboration shining through, despite his discomfort with certain aspects of the music business.
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'Avicii: True Stories' will share the life and times of the Swedish DJ/producer, and saw a limited release in Scandinavia last year. Director Levan Tsikurishvili teased the return of the documentary on IG, and in November, it was announced the film had qualified for Oscars consideration.
The fly-on-the-wall documentary is a heartbreaking watch in light of Avicii’s death on April 20, 2018, at the age of 28, with certain moments proving even more poignant.
Covering the highs and lows of the gifted DJ’s meteoric rise, the film details how Avicii had been struggling with the stresses of a hectic schedule in the spotlight; using alcohol as a means of calming his nerves before shows.
At one point, an exhausted Avicii can be heard saying:
There was never an end to the shows, even when I hit a wall. My life is all about stress.
In another scene, Avicii’s manager Ash Pournouri stated:
Tim is going to die, with all the interviews, radio tours and playing. He’ll drop dead.
Speaking with The 405 in October 2017, Tsikurishvili spoke about his intentions for a truthful portrayal:
I wanted to do a brutally honest film about Tim as a person and not only about Avicii. Everybody knows Avicii but very few people know Tim.
I think this documentary really shows Tim’s struggle and strength of character. Being a worldwide superstar artist is not as easy as it looks on Instagram.
What I think I want people to understand about Avicii is the actual person behind it which is Tim.
What I mean by that is, it’s so easy to judge nowadays from social media, and the press, and all the information we are getting from our phones.
We really don’t know who the person is, but you think you know – that is what I think is the biggest point with that. Also, there is the whole explanation of who he is and how his life has been the past 8 years.
‘Avicii:True Stories’ on Netflix is an amazing documentary on a very talented guy. Very touching and moving to see how depression,anxiety and stress can afflict you in many ways without any guarantees for a recovery but often lead you to suicide. #Avicii
— Carola Brighenti (@CarolaBrighenti) December 12, 2018
Avicii: True Stories will be back on Netflix before 2019. Amazing news, more people need to be able to understand Tim’s life and story. Breaks my heart that he is rarely spoken about compared to other artists who have recently passed such as Peep and X. Tim’s was my idol from 8.
— Mase Vardy™️ ◢ ◤ (@MaseVardy) December 12, 2018
AVICII: true stories *finally* being released on Netflix in Europe on December 28th.
— Jasraj Hothi (@Jasraj0) December 13, 2018
Just letting everyone know that December 28 the @Avicii documentary true stories comes out on Netflix
— FestivalProbz (@FestivalProbz) December 14, 2018
True Stories is the best thing I have ever watched 😭😍👏👏 pic.twitter.com/YDOQm0sRXY
— Paúl Guayasamín (@_paulgb_) December 14, 2018
The documentary ends with a seemingly more content Avicii relaxing on a paradisal Madagascan beach, suggesting he had turned a positive corner after firing his manager and retiring from touring.
Speaking with The Guardian in December 2018, Tsikurishvili admitted this sunny conclusion to the narrative was ‘chillingly false’ in retrospect.
In November 2018, it was announced Avicii: True Stories had qualified for Academy consideration.
Writing on Instagram, Tsikurishvili wrote:
Avicii: True Stories has Qualified for Oscars Consideration.
This documentary hasn’t left a single person emotionally untouched and even if some memories are very painful for me to watch, I’m very proud and thankful that we did it.
Importance of looking out for one another has never been more important than NOW, and I DO hope that we’ve changed SOMETHING to the better in this industry, especially for the younger generation.
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Avicii:True Stories has Qualified for Oscars Consideration. ❗️ This documentary hasn’t left a single person emotionally untouched and even if some memories are very painful for me to watch, I’m very proud and thankful that we did it. Importance of looking out for one another has never been more important than NOW, and I DO hope that we’ve changed SOMETHING to the better in this industry, especially for the younger generation. The Documentary will be available in theatres at the Cinema Village in New York and at the Laemmle Music Hall in Los Angeles in December! Thanks, EVERYONE again for all the support. #RIPLegend
You can Avicii: True Stories on Netflix as of December 28 onwards.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.