Netflix will premiere the original documentary “Keith Richards: Under the Influence” worldwide on September 15 in all territories where the service is available.
Directed by Oscar-winner Morgan Neville (“20 Feet from Stardom,” “Best of Enemies”), the film explores the people and places that have inspired Richards in his art, from his 53 years with The Rolling Stones (who recently wrapped a U.S. tour) to his upcoming solo record Crosseyed Heart (due Sept. 15). It follows Richards from Chicago, where he first encountered Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf; to Nashville, where he explores his long love of country music; and on to New York, where he recorded his new album with musicians that include longtime collaborators Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel.
Netflix has been increasingly active in the documentary space in recent months, in the wake of its Oscar nomination for “Virunga,” a feature length documentary about attempts to save Africa’s last mountain gorillas, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Films. In March, Appian and Netflix struck a deal to develop multiple non-fiction projects, with a focus on environmental and conservation themes. In May, the streaming giant acquired the worldwide rights to “The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir,” a doc about the Grateful Dead singer and guitarist.
“Keith Richards: Under the Influence” was produced by RadicalMedia (“The Fog of War,” “What Happened, Miss Simone?”) and Neville’s Tremolo Productions.