Festival puts music films in the spotlight

Everyman Cinemas’ fourth Music Film Festival will feature artists including The Streets, Bob Marley, Glastonbury, Michael Caine and Nico

Thursday, 19th April 2018 — By Róisín Gadelrab

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Nico, 1988 will be screened at Everyman Baker Street on May 9 & 10 as part of Everyman Cinemas’ fourth Music Film Festival

LESS than a month after The Streets take their 2018 reunion tour on the road, frontman Mike Skinner returns to present his latest music documentary to Everyman Cinemas’ fourth Music Film Festival.

This year’s festival, which runs from May 7 until May 16, and has more recently begun to branch out to Everyman cinemas outside of London, includes films and documentaries on Bob Marley, Glastonbury, Michael Caine, Nico and James Lavelle, as well as a Q&A session with The Slits’ bassist and punk legend Tessa Pollitt and live performance from George the Poet.

As well as Q&As with directors and artists and live performances, the cinema is teaming up with Camden Town Brewery to add the brewery’s beers to their bars.

The full line-up is as follows:

May 7-9

Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits. Live Q&A with the band’s bassist Tessa Pollitt and their album’s producer Dennis Bovell (Screen on the Green). Documenting the history of the world’s first all-girl punk band, The Slits, the film draws on archive footage and interviews with surviving band members Tessa Pollitt, Viv Albertine and original drummer Palmolive, to tell the story of a group that changed the cultural landscape of patriarchal Britain in the 1970s with a fierce feminist message.

May 8 & 15

Preview: Lost in Vagueness. Live performance from one of the featured bands at Bristol and Screen on the Green plus an appearance by director Sofia Olins (Everyman King’s Cross, Screen on the Green). Directed by Sofia Olins, this documentary focuses largely on Roy Gurvitz who invented the Lost Vagueness area at Glastonbury, featuring interviews with Fatboy Slim, Suggs, Keith Allen and Kate Tempest, telling the story of the dark, self-destructive side of creative talent and the personal trauma behind it. Anti-hero Roy and Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis became friends in the early 1990s and, through their tale, the film retraces Britain’s sub-culture history to show how a band of troublesome new-age travellers came together to create Lost Vagueness, eventually reviving the festival from cultural bankruptcy.

May 9 & 10

Nico, 1988 + live Q&A with director Susanna Nicchiarelli (Everyman Baker Street). Desperate to free herself from the shadow of her success with The Velvet Underground, Christa Päffgen (aka Nico) continued making music until her death in 1988. This biopic, from director Susanna Nicchiarelli, documents the final two years of Nico’s life, exploring the destructive sides of her personality – heroin addiction, her combative nature, her swollen ego – all brought to life by Trine Dyrholm, who recorded her own vocals for the film.

May 9

My Generation: London in the Swinging Sixties + live Q&A with Archive Producer James RM Hunt (Everyman King’s Cross). This Michael Caine-produced documentary explores the cultural revolution that occurred in 1960s England, documenting the birth of London’s pop culture scene, and combining Caine’s personal accounts with archive footage and interviews with The Beatles, Twiggy, David Bailey, Mary Quant, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Joan Collins and David Hockney.

May 11

Have You Heard George’s Podcast? (Everyman Birmingham). Sadly not showing in London (but perhaps worth a trip to the Midlands), music, satire and time travel all collide in this latest offering from George the Poet. Have You Heard George’s Podcast? positions the audience as a fly on the wall of a mad scientist, providing the latest updates in his mind-bending experiments with musical storytelling.

May 12

Preview: The Man from Mo’Wax. Introduced by James Lavelle and followed by a live DJ set (Screen on the Green). Charting the life and career of underground DJ icon, music producer and global trip-hop mogul James Lavelle, the film features interviews with DJ Shadow, 3D of Massive Attack, Futura, Ian Brown, Grandmaster Flash and Josh Homme, exploring the effects of rapid change and excess on the industry and the individuals within it.

May 14

Pitchblack Playback: TT ‘LoveLaws’ premiere + Q&A with Theresa Wayman, AKA TT (Everyman King’s Cross). Under the moniker TT, Theresa Wayman, from indie band Warpaint, debuts solo album LoveLaws in a night hosted by Pitchblack Playback, who specialise in album listening sessions with a difference. Listeners will be immersed in darkness to take in the album played through Everyman’s sound system.

May 14

The Life & Times of Bob Marley & The Wailers + Q&A with acclaimed reggae writers Roger Steffens and John Masouri (Everyman Baker Street). Global Beats and Irie Heights present this film featuring rare and unreleased footage and audio recordings.

May 15 & 16

VICE presents the UK premiere of Noisey Birmingham hosted by Mike Skinner (Everyman Birmingham, Screen on the Green). After Hip Hop in The Holy Land and Don’t Call It Road Rap, The Streets frontman Mike Skinner returns to host his third Noisey documentary, this time focusing on his hometown and the unlikely rise of Birmingham’s rap scene. From his days with The Streets at the start of the century, when Mike had nobody to look up to in terms of MCs from his local, the scene has exploded, led by three artists Lady Leshurr, Mist and Jaykae. Mike catches up with Lotto Boyzz, SafOne & Dapz on The Map to try and get a sense of what has caused this newfound confidence in the city.

Tickets and information can be found at www.everymancinema.com/everyman-music-film-festival

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