Bill Wyman was the bass player in The Rolling Stones from 1962-1992. ‘The Quiet One’ offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at the highs and lows of his life and career.
Against the odds Bill escaped a bleak future in post-war, working class London and found himself at the very centre of a musical and cultural revolution. As a Rolling Stone he embarked on record-breaking world tours, dealt with feuding band mates and befriended some of world’s most iconic musicians, actors, sportsmen and artists. Then to people's amazement he walked away from it all to commit time to his family and to set about documenting and preserving the memory of the 'rock and roll revolution’. Throughout his career Bill shot hours of unseen film footage, took thousands of photographs, collected a vast archive of memorabilia and kept a detailed diary of each and every single day. Watching this footage and hearing the stories is like going back in time and standing at Bill’s shoulder, experiencing this privileged access at first hand. The film uses his huge archive as the catalyst for stories about Bill's experience of wartime poverty, his love of blues music, the rise of the Rolling Stones, the 1960s counter culture, exile in France, his 1970s super groups, 1980s excesses and his life's work documenting and preserving the memory of such an important period of cultural and musical history.
Including interviews with Bill’s family, band-mates and friends, the film provides a fresh insight into the reality behind the myths and legends of music’s rock and roll years and proves that sometimes fact really is stranger than fiction as we explore the experiences and stories of an amusing, engaging and down-to-earth man; often simply called ‘The Quiet One’.
Director and Writer: Ollie Murray
Producers: Jamie Clark, Jason Bick, Jennifer Corcoran & Dan Braun
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