‘I PUT A SPELL ON ME’, a film about the life and times of the notorious and vastly influential shock-rock bluesman SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS, is set to premiere during May at the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL.
The documentary, which features interviews with the late Hawkins as well as concert footage of his last ever concerts (from Greece in December 1999), will be screened on May 10 at 1.30pm local time in the Market Section of the festival.
The film, directed by Greek documentary maker Nicholas Triandafyllidis, also features contributions from some of Hawkins‘ friends and associates, including veteran rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley, former Animals frontman Eric Burdon and underground Hollywood director Jim Jarmusch.
Hawkins, familiar to fans for appearing from coffins onstage, for his ever constant flaming skull prop (which he named Henry) and for his signature tune ‘I Put A Spell On You’, died on February 12, 2000.
Following his death, friends began a search for his scattered offspring in a bid to settle his estate. It was believed the star had at least 57 children. A website, [url=]www.jaykids.com, was set up, which at its peak counted several thousand speculative approaches a day.