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White Lightnin'
The colorful subject of the popular underground documentary Dancing Outlaw finds his outlandish life story adapted for the big screen in this biopic penned by Vice Magazine's Shane Smith and Eddy Moretti (Heavy Metal Baghdad), and directed by UK commercial veteran Dominic Murphy. West Virginia native Jesco White was just six years old when he started huffing gasoline and lighter fluid to get high. As a troubled adolescent young Jesco bounced between work camps and reform schools until the day his father, famed mountain dancer D. Ray White, taught him how to tap dance. That skill would… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's a crazy-dirty energy to White Lightnin' that's rarely seen in films, a raw beauty and awfulness that's both scary and exciting."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"From its bleakly comic beginning to its fire-and-brimstone ending, this artful trailer-trash quasi-biopic will set your heart pounding and your feet tapping."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Former commercials director Dominic Murphy has conjured up a brutally compelling tale distinguished by a manically unhinged performance from British actor Edward Hogg."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"A surreal but searing biopic."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Loosely based on a real person, this unhinged drama gets increasingly lurid and grisly as it progresses. It's riveting, inventive filmmaking, but not remotely easy to watch."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"This debut British feature weaves sundry biographical details into an awkward cross-hatch of oblique celluloid portrait and backwoods horror thriller."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"If you thought Deliverance was too subtle, too refined, too delicate, and that the hillbillies in it were far too much like characters from Jane Austen, then this is for you."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"A psychedelic, sepia-toned horror show, touring the dark corners of his mind and those of the white trash world in which he lives."
‑ Ellen E Jones, Total Film
"In White Lightnin', style and content meet, blend and writhe in the memory, a haunting nightmare."
‑ Martin Hoyle, Financial Times
"An amusingly nutty aberration of the traditional follow-your-dreams story arc."
‑ Mike McCahill, Scotsman
"Dominic Murphy's pseudo-biopic is as visually assured as it is audacious, but behind the slickly edited imagery, the debutant's storytelling is exposed by shallow characterisation."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"Seething with blighted fervour and over-ripe with religious wrath, the wild, elemental imagery generates something truly disturbing. With its strange religious overtones and inevitably fitful conclusion, White Lightnin' is elusive and bleak."
‑ Josh Winning, Little White Lies
"Not your conventional music biopic. In fact, it's increasingly hard to know what's fact or fiction about White's life as Murphy's film unfolds."
‑ Michael Bonner, Uncut Magazine [UK]
"There are flashes of brilliance in the direction, but the film's excesses make it difficult to watch at times and the end result is somewhat exhausting."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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