‘Gilbert O’Sullivan – Out On His Own’

In the early 1970s Gilbert O’Sullivan sat on top of the global charts with hits like Alone Again (Naturally), Clair, Nothing Rhymed, Get Down and Matrimony. The star was once up there with the likes of Elton John and The Osmonds but by the mid-70s his career had hit the skids and poor old Gilbert found himself face down in a puddle of obscurity come the mid-80s.

Today, the 62-year-old O’Sullivan is still working, touring and recording from his homes in Jersey and in Nashville, songwriting from Monday to Friday, nine-to-five, driven to recapture the chart success he once had.

Filmed throughout 2009 in Jersey, and in London, Nashville and Israel, ‘Gilbert O’Sulllivan – Out on his Own’ is a fascinating and witty journey through the personal and creative highs and lows of this unconventional soloist; complex, unwavering and often difficult. This is the first time O’Sullivan has given access to a documentary crew, allowing a rare insight into the private world of a single-minded and often pugnacious music man.

Camerawork on the series was done by Adrian McCarthy, Ronan Fox, Emmet Harte and Sean O’Driscoll. Executive Producers on the documentary are Martha O’Neill and David McKenna and it was edited by Brenda Morrissey. The documentary originally aired on RTÉ in April 2010 and has since screened at the Stranger Than Fiction Festival at the IFI, Dublin (2010), Guth Gafa International doc Festival (2010) and Branchage Int’l Doc Festival (2010).
The project, which completed full picture and sound post at Screen Scene, was fully commissioned by RTÉ in 2011 and was the first RTÉ Arts Lives documentary to be broadcast on UK channel, BBC4.