Southern comfort

Rich Hall films Deep South documentary

Rich Hall has toured the Deep South of America for a feature-length BBC Four documentary.

The comic, who was raised in North Carolina, visited five of the southern state to challenge the image of the area as ‘all rednecks and racism, hillbillies and hicks’.

His 90-minute film, Rich Hall’s The Dirty South, incorporates interviews with literary and cultural scholars to demonstrate how the region has produced such great writers, musicians and leaders as Tennessee Williams, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tina Turner, Johnny Cash and Martin Luther King.

It follows Hall’s 2008 documentary on the demise of Western movies, How The West Was Lost, while a third documentary on road movies is due to air on BBC Four next year.

Rich Hall’s The Dirty South will air on the channel on July 12 at 9pm.

Published: 30 Jun 2010

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