Chad Morgan
Chad Morgan

Chad to attend his own 'wake'

THERE is more to cockeyed Aussie icon Chad Morgan than his trademark collection of cleverly written comic country songs, buck teeth and goofy stage persona.

Chad was once an infamous drunk and womaniser - defiant, wild and unstoppable.

An entertaining, funny and revealing film about the Sheik from Scrubby Creek will be shown at the Australian Institute of Country Music tomorrow evening with a special appearance from the sheik.

The documentary, I'm Not Dead Yet, follows Chad and his wife Joanie on the road, blending archival footage with claymation scenes inspired by Chad's most famous songs. It tells the story of their life as entertainers touring outback and regional Australia.

The movie will be screened at the AICM building in Channon St tomorrow at 7.30pm. Tickets are $15 and include supper with Chad after the movie.

I'm Not Dead Yet is a true-blue yarn told with love, music and lashings of good old-fashioned Aussie humour about the one and only, devilishly charming Sheik from Scrubby Creek.

The joke of the title relates to the many times Chad, 79, has been reported in the media to have died. By 2008 the death claims were getting annoying and he said, "People might have wanted to book me for a show but then thought, 'Oh, he's dead'."

Today Chad is the last country music legend standing. He has out-sung, out-drunk and outlived his famous contemporaries. When Slim Dusty died the momentous title of country music's "national treasure" was passed on to Chad.

Far more than just a cradle to the grave bio-pic, I'm Not Dead Yet is a road movie about laughter, love, romance, music and family.

It also features classic songs in the movie including The Sheik from Scrubby Creek, Thrashing Machine and The Fatal Wedding.