Thursday, 10 January 2013
I'm currently helping out with the production of a documentary about the unbelievable life and times of Chris Sievey, the man behind Frank Sidebottom.
The project is headed up by film maker Steve Sullivan. No stranger to Sidebottom, he worked with Chris on the short film MAGICAL TIMPERLEY TOUR.
Steve was granted permission from the Sievey family to produce the project and also given full access to Chris's extensive archive of reel to reel audio master tapes, vhs tapes, cassettes, photographs, artwork, cine films and cereal boxes!
Filming commenced mid December 2012 on location at Timperley community centre. I spent 3 days with Chris's elder brother Martin, sifting through a seemingly endless number of boxes pulling out anything of interest that triggered our memories and then filming it. It was set in perfect surroundings, a melancholy, slightly delapidated attic space in an old Victorian building
It was both sad and great fun. In a very short period of time we started to put together a string of interesting stories and the bigger picture was already starting to unfold. I believe we came away with over 10 hours of footage from these sessions
As we went along, items were categorised and all the various' master' tapes were then sent to the Manchester film archive to be digitized and properly stored so that they don't deteriorate any further.
Filming concluded at the Statue Fundraiser in Manchester where performances were recorded and interviews with fans took place in 'Vinyl Revival' record shop.
The film is being produced by Rondo Media and is looking for further funding...I have 100% conviction, just from the five or so years I worked for Chris/Frank, that there is a truly outstanding story to be told. I sincerely hope Steve Sullivan is given the opportunity to complete this film
This project is not to be confused with the Hollywood film loosly based on Sievey, written by Jon Ronson that is currently in production.
No matter how much these guys embellish or distort the concept with some artistic licence....I don't think it could be anymore incredulous than the true story!
Monday, 9 July 2012
Ricky is an outstanding photographer, completely in tune with the subject matter. He's made a name for himself shooting BMX and has an art book DESTROYING EVERYTHING that has just about sold out it's first edition. If you fancy a copy.....happy hunting....he's also thinking about printing a second run.
Friday, 29 June 2012
Next weekend we are putting our new (old) UK Hardcore band into action. With various members residing at opposite ends of the country, it's both costly and difficult to get together on a regular basis...any get-together needs to be exploited to the hilt!
We organised a weekend of activity:
Saturday afternoon/evening... rehearsing and band photoshoot.
Sunday afternoon...a low-key basement gig with a small 'invite-only' crowd at a secret location.
We plan to videotape this performance and use the footage to help promote the band.
Date is Sunday 8th July from 2pm-5.30pm. ALL AGES
If you dig Hardcore and you fancy attending, get in touch and I will forward the info you will need. Super limited capacity (30 peeps max)
Band is comprised of former members of JAILCELL RECIPES, SLEEP, KNOW NOTHING, BURN ALL FLAGS, LIE CYCLE and MASS OF BASTARDS.
UPDATE: Just confirmed..... S.S.S. added to the bill
Thursday, 28 June 2012
Monday, 18 June 2012
Round 3 of the UK flat track GNC took place at Oxford on Friday night. It was a very eventful race. It was raining everywhere else but we had dust and sunshine. Wilky #99 went down in the first turn of the first heat and hurt his wrist. Drogo #27 also had a big crash early on but managed to walk away relatively unscathed. I had fuel problems in my first heat (just happened to be my front row start) and after a strong start limped home in next to last place...not that I'm complaining in view of what was to come in the short track final....a horrible 6 bike accident on the back straight resulting in young Tim Neave #14 getting badly hurt. The fence was destroyed and bikes and bodies were everywhere. the final was cancelled as there was no chance of a restart. It was very sobering to witness and really drives home how much risk is involved with such high speed, close racing.
Anyway despite the crashes and mechanical problems, both me and Wilky scraped into the THUNDERBIKES final....personally I was just happy to not be hurt seeing I was due to have hernia surgery on Monday morning!
Thanks to Matt Davis and Anthony Brown for the pics........