Lou Reed releases film about his 102-year-old cousin

'Red Shirley' premieres at the Vienna Film Festival

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Lou Reed has premiered his 28-minute film about his 102 year-old cousin Shirley Novick at the Vienna Film Festival.

Named Red Shirley, the film features Reed interviewing Novick about her life, recounting tales of her fleeing Poland because of the Nazi threat in 1938 and describing her emigration to New York where she worked as a seamstress, reports the Independent.

Watch a clip from the film by scrolling down and clicking below.

Speaking about Novick, Reed said: “She has been living in the same apartment for 46 years, which is about 18 blocks away from where I live. She is in a book about garment workers and the people who fought for the union.”

He added: “At the start of the movie the way she is speaking is almost like poetry: we suffered for this, we suffered for that, and it was like, ‘Oh my God, that is a 100 year-old saying that and she deserves a statue, and then if not a statue, a movie.'”

Filmed on the eve of her 100th birthday, Red Shirley also includes a soundtrack by Reed‘s Metal Machine Trio.

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