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DON’T LOOK BACK.......returns to cinemas to celebrate 50 years!

 

With a UK tour coming soon and recently winning his Nobel Prize, Bob Dylan continues to be one of the most influential and controversial artists on the planet and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of D.A. Pennebaker’s classic 1967 Bob Dylan film ‘Don’t Look Back’ and the 1965 tour it covers, MusicFilmNetwork are delighted to announce that the film will be touring the UK in April/May 2017 following in the footsteps of Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour............the original tour venue is in brackets below. 

 

Sunday 30th April 2017:  Showroom Cinema, Sheffield  (Sheffield City Hall)

Tickets:  http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/dont-look-back

 

Monday 1st May 2017:  FACT Cinema, Liverpool  (Liverpool Odeon Theatre)

Tickets: http://www.fact.co.uk/whats-on/current/dont-look-back.aspx?when=choosedate&date=2017501/05/2017%2000:00:00

 

Tuesday 2nd May 2017:  Phoenix Cinema, Leicester  (De Montfort Hall)

Tickets:  http://www.phoenix.org.uk/film/dont-look-back/

 

Friday 5th May 2017:  MAC Cinema, Birmingham  (Birmingham Town Hall)

Tickets:  https://macbirmingham.co.uk/whats-on/cinema/2017/may/05

 

Saturday 6th May 2017:  Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle  (Newcastle City Hall)

Tickets:  https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/whats-on/films/view/don-t-look-back

 

Sunday 7th May 2017:  HOME Cinema, Manchester  (Free Trade Hall)

Tickets:  https://homemcr.org/cinema/

 

Wednesday 10th May 2017:  Regent Street Cinema, London  (Royal Albert Hall)

Tickets: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/dont-look-back/

 

SYNOPSIS

Bob Dylan is captured on-screen as he never would be again in this groundbreaking film from D.A Pennebaker.  The legendary documentarian finds Dylan in England during his 1965 tour, which would be his last as an acoustic artist.  In this wildly entertaining vision of one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists, Dylan is surrounded by teen fans, gets into heated philosophical jousts with journalists, and kicks back with fellow musicians, Joan Baez, Donovan, and Alan Price.  Featuring some of Dylan’s most famous songs, including “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, “The Times They Are A-Changin’”, and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”, Don’t Look Back is a radically conceived portrait of an American icon that has influenced decades of vérité behind-the-scenes documentaries.

 

United States/1967/96 minutes/Black and White

 

‘As an exercise in the unbelievably cool, DA Pennebaker's documentary on Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England is unparalleled’.  The Times

 

‘An unforgettable all-access pass behind the scenes of Bob Dylan's '65 British tour, D.A. Pennebaker's landmark 1967 rock doc all but invented the form while presaging the music video’.  Village Voice

 

‘Easily one of the best documentaries on any subject ever made. It is also one of the most cinematically influential’. San Francisco Examiner

 

SOHO A GOGO Film Festival

Regent Street Cinema

Saturday 29th – Sunday 30th April 2017

 

SOHO - WHERE LOVE COMES CHEAP, MONEY COMES HARD, AND LIFE IS A GIRL WITH A SUITCASE, A THOUSAND MILES FROM HOME........

 

From the jazz clubs of Tubby Hayes, All Night Long and The Small World Of Sammy Lee with its amazing soundtrack to the coffee bars, strip clubs and clip joints of Expresso Bongo, the beatnik scene of Beat Girl and the lavish recreation of late 50s London in Absolute Beginners,  the Soho A Gogo film festival celebrates a fast disappearing side of London’s Soho.

 

Tickets:  https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/soho-a-gogo-film-festival/

BAYOU MAHARAJA

In cinemas from July 8th 2016...............
BAYOU MAHARAJAH explores the life, times and music of piano legend James Booker, who Dr. John described as "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced."
This roller coaster portrait traces Booker’s life from his early years as a chart-topping child prodigy, to his starstudded years touring and playing as a sideman, through his outrageous solo career in America and Europe. First-person narrators lead the viewer through Booker’s unbelievable onstage performances, occasionally in his underwear, dishing out drug-fueled conspiracy theories. Featuring interviews with tHe likes of Harry Connick Jr., Dr. John, Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint, together with a generous helping of archival footage, the film brings to life the unforgettable story of this amazing musician.
This “winning doc features a can’t-miss subject and plenty of performance footage. A must-see for aficionados of
New Orleans jazz, it’s also accessible to viewers who don’t know a Professor Longhair from a Dr. John.”
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“At once an outsider's outsider and an insider's insider, Booker lived life as if it were meant for lore.” 
WALL ST JOURNAL
“the real Booker fan will delight in the colorful tidbits” ROLLING STONE
"There are very few pianists who cannot be transcribed. He is one of them". BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
Watch the trailer here
DATE CITY CINEMA/CLICK FOR TICKETS
Friday 8th July Oswestry Kinokulture
Friday 8th - Saturday 9th July London Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Friday 8th - Thursday 14 July Bristol Watershed
Fri 8th - Sun 10th, Wed 13 - Thur 14 July  Derby QUAD
Saturday 9th - Tuesday 12th July London ICA
Saturday 9th July Colchester First Site
Thursday 14th July Bury St Edmunds Abbeygate Cinema
Friday 15th - Thursday 21 July London DocHouse Curzon Bloomsbury
Monday 18th July Derry  Nerve Centre
Tuesday 19 - Weds 20 July Hebden Bridge Picture House
Thursday 21 July London Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Friday 22 - Thursday 28 July London Picturehouse Central
Saturday 23rd July Hastings Electric Palace 
Saturday 23 July London Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Sunday 24 July Saffron Walden Saffron Screen
Sunday 24 July Sheffield Showroom
Monday 25 July Norwich Cinema City
Monday 25 July London Hackney Picturehouse
Monday 25 July London Ritzy Cinema Brixton
Monday 25 July London Crouch End Picturehouse
Wednesday 27 July London Regent Street Cinema
Sunday 31 July Leeds Hyde Park Picturehouse
Monday 1st - Tuesday 2nd August Edinburgh Filmhouse
Tuesday 2nd August Manchester Home
Wednesday 3 August London Regent Street Cinema
Thursday 4th August Leeds Hyde Park Picturehouse
Thursday 4th August London Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Sunday 14th August London Bernie Grant Arts Centre
Weds 17th - Thurs 18th August Dartington The Barn

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YOUTH: SKETCH, DRUGS & ROCK 'N' ROLL
In cinemas, Summer 2016
Youth: Sketch, Drugs & Rock n' Roll is the story of the award winning record producer, Killing Joke bass player, musician, songwriter and artist known simply as Youth. Filmmakers Paul Elliott and Sean Lamberth spent 18 months with full access to recording sessions, travelling with Youth in his VW camper van and talking to him while he painted and sketched. His story is told in his own words from his London home and studio, with contributions from some of music's biggest names including Sir Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, Boy George, Jaz Coleman, Guy Pratt, Alan McGee, Danny McNamara, Reverend & the Makers, Lois & The Love, Alex Orb Paterson and more....Previously unreleased original music by Youth and tracks from Killing Joke in Dub keep the film driving through a steady stream of anecdotes, smoke hazed rooms and studio sessions.
"Youth, pop sage, rock n roll shaman, punk, hippy, raver, dad, DJ, nutcase, artist, producer, grumpy git, peace lover, tea addict, freak and friend! What's not to like. He's a great bunch of guys" BOY GEORGE
Watch the trailer here

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ANARCHY: THE MCLAREN WESTWOOD GANG
In cinemas, Autumn 2016
Making great use of a candid interview he conducted with Malcolm in Paris, not long before he died. Director, Phil Strongman, has unearthed some extraordinary, never-before-heard stuff about Malcolm’s childhood and personal life alongside his remarkable story. Born to a young mother, Malcolm was brought up by his grandmother - – Alan Yentob describes her in the documentary, in Citizen Kane terms, as Malcolm’s ‘Rosebud’. She still had a foot in the Victorian era, and home-schooled her favourite grandson (as Malcolm’s brother describes him with evidently lingering bitterness) for greatness, drumming Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde into him. His art-school teacher was another huge influence, teaching him that “it’s better to be a glorious failure than any kind of benign success”. But as the title of the film suggests, Anarchy: The Malcolm Westwood Gang also sets Malcolm within the arty-political framework of the time. He narrowly missed spending May 1968 in Paris during the student revolts, and was heavily influenced by the Situationist movement. The creation of the Sex Pistols and the attendant birth of punk and Malcolm’s subsequent career as Bow Wow Wow Svengali and hip-hop pioneer. Almost three films in one: it’s a history of Anarchism in Europe; a personal biography of Malcolm; and a compelling exposé of the real birth of the Sex Pistols. (Sample: Malcolm originally wanted Sid Vicious rather than Johnny Rotten as lead singer, but, he says, “People didn’t have phones in those days. They didn’t have addresses. They didn’t even homes. Sid didn’t show up when I was anxiously looking, so John got the job… (fronting) a band who couldn’t play as a singer who couldn’t sing.”)
Watch the trailer here

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LEE SCRATCH PERRY'S VISIONS OF PARADISE
A thrilling, poetic narration with the legendary Lee Scratch Perry, this movie is a unique project in many ways; it's not a biography but rather a fairy tale documentary. The director followed Lee Perry for 13 years and discovered a story that is almost impossible to believe: a revelation, told about and with one of the major protagonists of contemporary music. The movie can be seen as a guide to how to change the world with music - with a positive attitude, mindset or, as Lee Perry calls it, 'vibration'.
Watch the trailer here
DATECITYCINEMA
Friday 5th FebruaryOswestryKinokulture Cinema
Friday 5th FebruaryColchesterFirst Site
Saturday 6th FebruaryBelfastQFT
Sunday 7th FebruaryGlasgowGFT
Sunday 7th FebruaryNottinghamBroadway
Thursday 11th FebruaryCoventryThe Tin Music & Arts
Wednesday 17th FebruaryLondonPicturehouse Central
Thursday 18th FebruaryLondonICA
Thursday 18th FebruaryManchesterHome
Weds 24 - Thurs 25 FebruaryBirminghamMAC
Friday 26th - Saturday 27th FebruaryLondonRio Cinema Dalston
Friday 26th FebruaryLondonPicturehouse Central
Friday 26th FebruaryHerefordCourtyard
Saturday 27th FebruaryLondonPicturehouse Central
Saturday 27th FebruaryDublinIrish Film Institute
Sunday 28th FebruaryHebden BridgePicture House
Sunday 28th FebruaryLondonPicturehouse Central
Monday 29th FebruaryLondonPicturehouse Central
Monday 29th FebruaryLiverpoolFACT
Monday 29th FebruaryLondonLexi Cinema
Tuesday 1st MarchLondonPicturehouse Central
Wednesday 2nd MarchBrightonDukes At Komedia
Wednesday 2nd MarchLondonPicurehouse Central
Wednesday 2nd MarchLondonArt House Crouch End
Thursday 3rd MarchLondonPicturehouse Central
Friday 4th MarchExeterPhoenix
Monday 7th MarchExeterPicturehouse
Monday 7th MarchLondonHackney Picturehouse
Wednesday 9th MarchHebden BridgePicture House
Tuesday 15th MarchNorthamptonErrol Flynn Filmhouse
Wednesday 16th MarchBristolCube
Thursday 17th MarchRamsgateThe Ramsgate Music Hall
Sunday 20th MarchLondonHackney Picturehouse
Sunday 20th MarchLondonThe Ritzy Brixton
Sunday 20th MarchCambridgeArts Picturehouse
Sunday 20th MarchNewcastleTyneside Cinema
Tuesday 22nd MarchKendalBrewery Arts Centre
Wednesday 23rd MarchNorwichCinema City
Thursday 24th MarchBury St EdmundsAbbeygate Cinema
Sunday 10th AprilCardiffChapter Arts Centre
Wednesday 13th AprilCardiffChapter Arts Centre
Tuesday 10th MayBroadstairsPalace Cinema

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2015 RELEASES
See menu for earlier releases. All are still available for booking
THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION SHOW
Finally, the long awaited Killing Joke film, The Death And Resurrection Show is coming to cinemas across the UK from October 2015.
The Death and Resurrection show is a feature length music documentary charting the turbulent, dramatic and often unbelievable journey of the British post-punk industrial legends Killing Joke. The film brings together three decades of archive footage with two decades of never before seen new documentary footage and unprecedented access to the members of Killing Joke, their management, music producers, industry figures an associated. The film explores the progression of the band and their music; the in-fights, splits, reformations, legal tussles and side projects into classical and trance music, but it also delves deep into the other side of Killing Joke and its core members. .
Killing Joke have innovated, amazed, shocked and repulsed throughout their careers, creating an influence that has stretched through the industry from Dave Grohl to Nigel Kennedy, Jimmy Page, Hinewehi Mohi or the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Famously described as ‘the sound of the earth vomiting’, there isn’t another band, or music documentary, in the world like this one.
Confirmed screenings (more to follow............)
Friday 2nd October: Broadway Cinema, Nottingham (tickets here)
Saturday 10th October: Queens Film Theatre, Belfast (tickets here)
Friday 16th October: Firstsite, Colchester (tickets here)
Tuesday 20th October: Abbeygate Cinema, Bury St Edmunds (tickets here)
Friday 23 - Sun 25 October: Quad Cinema, Derby (tickets here)
Sunday 1st November: Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow
Thursday 12th November: Home, Manchester

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BILLY FURY: THE SOUND OF FURY
Billy Fury became an overnight sensation and The Sound Of Fury album, a landmark in British Rock & Roll history. This new film highlights Billy Fury’s too short life and massive contribution to popular music and Britain’s original teen idol who had more Top 40 hits than The Beatles during the 1960s. this comprehensive, revealing and sometimes shocking film, examines Billy’s too short life and features contributions from fans, friends and family including Lord Puttnam, Amanda Barrie, Vince Eager, Len Goodman, Imelda May and Billy’s mum, Jean Wycherley.
Watch the trailer here
Confirmed screenings (more to follow.....)
18th June 2015: FACT, Liverpool
28th August 2015: Regent Street Cinema, London
30th September 2015: Broadway Cinema, Nottingham
16th October 2015: Odyssey Cinema, St Albans

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THE ECSTASY OF WILKO JOHNSON
Julien Temple's The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson confronts out worst nightmares of impending death and turns them upside down. It tells the extraordinary, yet universal story of legendary musician Wilko Johnson who, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live, accepted his fate with uplifting positivity and embarked on a farewell tour, capturing the imagination of the world as he went. But like every good story Wilko's has a damn fine twist in its tail. Two years later and confounding the odds, Wilko wakes up in a hospital bed, unexpectedly sentenced to live, having now to integrate those enlightened lessons learnt under the sentence of death into the unexpected and ongoing future of his life.
"..Julien Temple is really some kind of genius.go and see The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson.." Mark Kermode, The Observer
 "..it's a treat to spend more time with him.." Leslie Felperin, The Guardian
 "..Inspiring stuff....tremendous fun.." Michael Bonner, Uncut
★★★★★  "..truly impressive and thought-provoking.." Sarah Sutton, The Upcoming
★★★ "..uplifting.." Geoffrey McNab, The Independent
★★★★ " ..real life tale of victory against the odds.." Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Watch the trailer here
SCREENINGS
DATECITYCINEMA
Friday 17 - Monday 20 JulyLondonBarbican Cinema
Friday 17 July - Sunday 19 JulyLondonCurzon Bloomsbury
Friday 17 - Thu 23 JulyLondonPicturehouse Central
Friday 17 JulyLondonPicturehouse Central
Friday 17 July - Thu 23 JulyLondonRitzy Brixton
Saturday 18th JulyLondonRitzy Brixton
Friday 17 July - Thu 23 JulyLondonHackney Picturehouse
Friday 17 JulyOswestryKinoKulture Cinema
Friday 17 July - Thu 23 JulySheffieldShowroom
Sunday 19 JulyLondonArt House Crouch End
Monday 20 JulyLondonHackney Picturehouse
Monday 20 - Weds 22 JulyNewcastleTyneside Cinema
Monday 20 JulyLondonOlympic Cinema Barnes
Monday 20th JulyNottinghamBroadway
Tuesday 21 JulyDublinIrish Film Institute
Tuesday 21 JulyLeedsHyde Park Picturehouse
Wednesday 22 JulySt AlbansOdyssey Cinema
Wednesday 22 JulyGlasgowGlasgow Film Theatre
Thursday 23 JulyManchesterHome
Thursday 23 JulyBerkhamstedThe Rex
Thursday 23rd JulyBury St EdmundsAbbeygate Cinema
Friday 24 JulyCardiffChapter Arts Centre
Saturday 25th July - Sunday 26th JulyGlasgowGlasgow Film Theatre
Saturday 25th JulyCardiffChapter Arts Centre
Sunday 26th July - Monday 27 JulyLondonLexi Cinema
Tuesday 28th JulyCardiffChapter Arts Centre
Thursday 30th JulyCardiffChapter Arts Centre
Thursday 30th JulyNorwichCinema City
Friday 31 July - Sunday 2nd AugustDerbyQuad
Friday 31 July - Thursday 6 AugustGloucesterGuildhall
Friday 31 July - Thursday 6 AugustBristolWatershed
Friday 31 July - Thursday 6 AugustDublinIrish Film Institute
Sunday 2nd - Monday 3rd AugustBelfastQFT
Monday 3 August - Thursday 6th AugustAberdeenBelmont Filmhouse
Wednesday 5 August - Thursday 6 AugustLancasterDukes
ThusSday 6th AugustLondonRegent Street Cinema
Sunday 9th AugustCambridgeArts Picturehouse
Monday 10th AugustExeterPicturehouse
Thursday 13 & Tuesday 18th AugustGreat TorringtonPlough Arts Centre
Friday 14 - Thursday 20 AugustDundeeDCA
Sunday 16 AugustBrightonDukes at Komedia
Monday 24 August - Thursday 27 AugustEdinburghFilmhouse
Monday 24 AugustStornawayAn Lanntair Arts Centre
Monday 24 AugustCanterburyCurzon
Monday 24 AugustSheffieldCurzon
Monday 24 AugustKnutsfordCurzon
Monday 24 AugustRiponCurzon
Monday 24 AugustWimbledonCurzon
Tuesday 25 AugustSaffron WaldenSaffron Screen
Wednesday 26 AugustCanterburyCurzon
Wednesday 26 AugustSheffieldCurzon
Wednesday 26 AugustKnutsfordCurzon
Wednesday 26 AugustRiponCurzon
Wednesday 26 AugustWimbledonCurzon
Thursday 27 AugustShetlandsMareel
Monday 31 August - Thurs 3 SeptemberWolverhamptonLighthouse
Wednesday 2nd SeptemberRedhillHarlequin Theatre
Wednesday 9th SeptemberDumfriesRobert Burns Film Theatre
Saturday 19th SeptemberColchesterFirst Site
Sunday 20th SeptemberHastingsElectric Palace Cinema

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THE WRECKING CREW
What the Funk Brothers did for Motown…The Wrecking Crew did, only bigger, for the West Coast Sound. Six years in a row in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Grammy for “Record of the Year” went to Wrecking Crew recordings. And now, THE WRECKING CREW tells the story in pictures and that oh, so glorious sound. The favorite songs of a generation are all here, presented by the people who made them for you. THE WRECKING CREW is a documentary film produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco. The film tells the story of the unsung musicians that provided the backbeat, the bottom and the swinging melody that drove many of the number one hits of the 1960s. It didn’t matter if it was Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds or The Beach Boys, these dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American “west coast sound” a dominant cultural force around the world. The film is a fun and moving tribute from Denny to his father and to the music, the times and to the secret star-making machine known only as “The Wrecking Crew”.
An invaluable record of a kind of rock golden age.” – Kenneth Turan, LA Times
**** Illuminating, witty and comprehensive.” – Jim Farber, NY Daily News
The beat really does go on. Lively and loving, a ‘20 Feet From Stardom’ for instrumentalists.” – Boston Globe
The wait was worth it.” – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
Breezy, intriguing, tuneful, joyous stuff for anyone. For rock and pop fans, though, it's absolute catnip.” – Playboy
Watch the trailer here
SCREENINGS
Thursday 25th JuneLondonArtHouse Crouch End
Friday 26th JuneLondonPicturehouse Central
Friday 26th JuneDublinIrish Film Institute
Friday 26th JuneSheffieldShowroom
Friday 26th JuneGlasgowGlad Cafe
Saturday 27th JuneSheffieldShowroom
Saturday 27th JuneLondonPicturehouse Central
Sunday 28th JuneLondonPicturehouse Central
Sunday 28th JuneSheffieldShowroom
Monday 29th JuneLondonPicturehouse Central
Monday 29th JuneSheffieldShowroom
Monday 29th JuneNottinghamBroadway
Tuesday 30th JuneLondonPicturehouse Central
Tuesday 30th JuneSheffieldShowroom
Tuesday 30th JuneLondonOlympic Barnes
Tuesday 30th JuneLondonArtHouse Crouch End
Wednesday 1st JulyLondonPicturehouse Central
Wednesday 1st JulySheffieldShowroom
Thursday 2nd JulySheffieldShowroom
Thursday 2nd JulyLondonArtHouse Crouch End
Thursday 2nd JulyLondonPicturehouse Central
Thursday 2nd JulyLondonEveryman Hampstead
Thursday 2nd JulyBury St EdmundsAbbeygate Cinema
Wednesday 8 JulyManchesterHome
Friday 10 July - Sunday 12 JulyBristolWatershed
Friday 10 JulyCardiffChapter Arts Centre Cinema
Saturday 11 JulyCardiffChapter Arts Centre Cinema
Monday 13 JulyCardiffChapter Arts Centre Cinema
Tuesday 14 JulyCardiffChapter Arts Centre Cinema
Wednesday 15 JulyCardiffChapter Arts Centre Cinema
Thursday 16 - Friday 17 JulyMilford HavenThe Torch
Friday 17th July -Thursday 23 JulyWolverhamptonLighthouse
Friday 24 July - Tuesday 28 JulyDerbyQuad
Tuesday 28 JulyLondonEast Dulwich Picturehouse
Wednesday 29 JulyAberdeenBelmont Filmhouse
Thursday 30th JulyAberdeenBelmont Filmhouse
Sunday 2nd AugustCambridgeArts Picturehouse
Monday 3rd AugustNorwichCinema City
Thursday 6th AugustCambridgeArts Picturehouse
Friday 7th AugustDumfriesRobert Burns Centre Film Theatre
Saturday 8th AugustDumfriesRobert Burns Centre Film Theatre
Wednesday 2nd SeptemberEdinburghFilmhouse
Thursday 3rd SeptemberEdinburghFilmhouse
Saturday 26 SeptemberHerefordThe Courtyard
Wednesday 30 SeptemberHerefordThe Courtyard

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I NEED A DODGE! JOE STRUMMER ON THE RUN
Film Telling Story of Clash Legend’s Spanish Adventure
A Tindog Film, Produced and Directed by Nick Hall, this is the story of Joe Strummer’s self-imposed exile in Granada in 1985/6. “This is Joe Strummer at a crossroads in his professional and personal life. Initially his trips to Spain seemed to be little more than an anecdote but this story says so much about Joe coming to terms with life after The Clash.” - Nick Hall.
Johnny Green, The Clash’s legendary road manager said of the film, “I glowed - I felt uplifted. Once again, it was as if I had spent a little time with my dear lost friend, Joe Strummer. I was hooked all through - the story is compulsive. More to the point, you have perfectly captured the brooding melancholia, that shy underside, which was a compelling component of Ol' Joe. ‘I Need A Dodge’ is fabulous.” The film also received a Special Mention from the Jury at the In-Edit Festival, Barcelona.
Heading to Spain in 1985 to flee the disaster that was the implosion of The Clash Mark Two, the band formed in the wake of Strummer firing Mick Jones, have already got rid of Topper Headon. The new line-up’s ‘Cut The Crap’ album had largely been shunned by both critics and the public alike and Strummer needed space. Telling a Diario De Granada interviewer that he had come “to feel the pain of the wound”, upon arrival in Granada, Strummer found himself firmly subsumed into the city’s musical and cultural fabric. He was welcomed with open arms by local acts 091 and bigger-fish Radio Fortuna, who all met up at the city’s Silbar. “When we met Joe it was like a miraculous apparition”, said Jose Ignacio Lapido, 091’s guitarist.
It was Radio Fortuna who facilitated the purchase of a set of wheels for Joe. Tracking down a Barreiros, essentially a European edition of the Dodge-Dart, became a mission. As Santiago Auseron, the Radio Fortuna singer said, “It looked cool, it just looked a bit mad. Which at that time suited Joe very well.” Joe was delighted with the huge car which he thrashed around the streets of Granada and Madrid. However, having parked the car in the capital when he flew back to the UK for the birth of his daughter Lola, he forgot where it was and never saw it again. “I Need A Dodge! Joe Strummer On The Run” is partly the story of the search for the car, and partly the story of Joe’s own search for meaning and redemption in those wilderness years.
Joe himself launched an unsuccessful attempt to find the car, making an appeal for information on Spain’s Radio 3 in 1997.
With witnesses disagreeing on the colour and style of the car - agreeing only that it was registered in Oviendo - and some claiming never to have seen it, filmmaker Nick Hall’s quest seems unlikely to succeed, yet his investigation does unearth the truth about this period of Joe’s life that has largely been ignored. Installing himself in the Producer’s chair for the recording of 091’s album, Joe’s micro-management led, rather than to the boost these star-struck musicians were hoping for, to a growing sense of disquiet and wasted studio time. The album eventually surfaced, having finished off to the record label’s specification, rather than Joe or the band’s and was disappointing to both.
The Dodge is an emblem for Joe’s time in Spain, his ambition, personal style and, in a way, the nature of those troubled days in general. When he is pulled over by the Police it transpires that he doesn’t even have a licence to drive it. Drawing on the recollections of his friends in London and in Spain, his partner Gaby Holford and the members of 091 and Radio Fortuna, this a revealing story of a search for much more than just a car. “It was an escape. He was a man on the run. He was getting away from the tension in London,” says Santiago Auseron. Joe Strummer did, indeed, need a dodge.
SCREENINGS
Friday 20th February 2015: CCA Theatre, Glasgow. Tickets here
Saturday 28th February 2015: Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley Tickets here
Wednesday 25th March 2015: Koko, London. Tickets here
Friday 27th March 2015: Broadway Cinema, Nottingham. Tickets here
Thursday 16th April 2015: Eden Court Cinema, Inverness. Tickets here
Saturday 18th April 2015: Eden Court Cinema, Inverness. Tickets here
Friday 24th April 2015: Irish Film Institute, Dublin, Ireland. Tickets here

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COMING SOON........
ART WILL SAVE THE WORLD
Art Save The World is a film about Luke Haines. Singer. Musician. Author. Artist.
Singer Songwriter Luke Haines flies back to his homeland to discuss his life on film. Wary of the idea of a film about his life and weary from the long plane ride home from Buenos Aires. While left waiting to go on set, he attempts to piece together his life. Through fragments of his existence thus far, comments from his contemporaries and friends including musician, Jarvis Cocker, novelist David Peace and Arthur Matthews amongst others, we will discuss the work, legacy, struggles, battles and future of the perennial outside of the British music scene.
Haines has regularly been described in the media as one of the greatest English contemporary songwriters. His wry commentaries respect few boundaries and his musical arrangements are uniquely suited to both the worlds of music and film. He is equally at home writing about teenage sex, terrorism, pop/film stars, child murder or broken love affairs.
Luke Haines is not dead. He is alive and well and back in London. This is his story.
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3H61oDvflc

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