A biopic, especially from a performer, should contain some of the subject’s work. Greetings From Tim Buckley is a double bio of father and son, Tim and Jeff Buckley made by director Daniel Algrant. The production failed to get rights for any of their songs.
The lives of Tim and Jeff Buckley have everything that a movie producer could only dream of. They have lots of drama, great tragedy and beauty. They both died at a young age. Tim died at the age of 28 while Jeff at 30. Both of them are singers with good looks. And above all, they are both talented. Tim and Jeff might be father and son but they barely knew each other. Jeff was just 8 years old when his father Tim died due to heroin overdose. Jeff’s parents had been divorced years before it happened.
There’s so much buzz going on in Hollywood about their stories that at one point Brad Pitt started talking about making something about their lives a decade ago. Jeff’s mother, Mary Guibert, controls his estate and she is holding things up until last year when she gave her blessing to a project about the father and son.
Before the big project is made, Daniel Algrant rushed to do his own movie called Greetings from Tim Buckley. Jeff is played by Penn Badgley. While the movie’s title refers to the father, it focuses on the son. It highlights the drama regarding Jeff’s conflicted participation in a 1991 tribute show to his dad.
Algrant doesn’t have the rights to us any of Jeff’s music, so he uses a vague guitar riffs that are meant to recall Jeff’s version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. The director also uses the dynamic of the book Dream Brother by David Browne, which is about the father and son relationship, without using specifics.