Rick Kirkham was a successful TV reporter, and could have been a major U.S. television profile if it hadn't been for his massive drug and alcohol abuse. Kirkham filmed his life every day with a video camera from the age of 14 years. On the basis of his video material the story of his life is told in this documentary.Written by
TV Junkie was an experience I was not prepared for. This movie was about a man and his struggle with drug addiction. Edited from hours of video footage, you see about as "honest" a look into the life of a successful man both in vocation and family ripped wide open by the monster of drug dependency as has ever been presented.
What a moving film...
I'm not entirely sure why anyone would have a problem or be suspicious of Kirkham's motives.
One thing to consider is that Kirkham received his first camera as a teenager and began filming everything at that point. So the drug addiction and subsequent breakdown of life came within the context of a lifetime of filming.
He did have a very "plaintive" way of describing what was happening to him, but I think he was trying to explain a totally indescribable feeling/situation in as professional a manner he could.
I really enjoyed this film and thought it presented a completely unique perspective on a very well-documented subject. And how could you not help fall in love with Tammi's small town wisdom and optimism.
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