Special event: Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars at QFT Belfast

ERIC Clapton has long been considered a guitar hero, but behind his fame and acclaim lay restlessness, addiction and tragedy.

As he constantly quit bands, from the ground-breaking Yardbirds to 'supergroup' Cream, Clapton's pursuit of perfection and fear of 'selling out' left fans surprised and disappointed.

Stretching from his traumatic childhood living in a ‘house of secrets' to his long struggle with drugs and the tragic loss of his son, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars finds the guitar man reflecting candidly on how his life experiences were channelled into music.

The film traces Clapton's career through The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and The Dominos and his solo years, telling the stories behind hits like Layla and Tears in Heaven.

Director Lili Fini Zanuck draws from an extensive archive of performances and home movies to construct the film, plus audio interviews with Clapton himself and the people who played central roles in his life – including his grandmother Rose Clapp, George Harrison, Ahmet Ertegun, Steve Winwood and his former wife, Pattie Boyd.

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars will be followed by a conversation with Eric Clapton and Lili Fini Zanuck, broadcast live from the BFI at Southbank in London.

:: Tickets £10/£8 via

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