Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Despair (88 minutes) — screening
Heavenly Films Night #2
Thurs 2nd May 2013 from 6.45pm to midnight
Hackney Picture House
A documentary about the early history of the Manic Street Preachers by Kieran Evans and Robin Turner.
Twenty years on from its release, ‘Generation Terrorists’ remains the blueprint for Manic Street Preachers’ career. Planned as a magnum opus that would sell sixteen million copies and lead to the band’s dissolution, their debut album — much like the band back then — was
wildly ambitious, confused, exciting and utterly unique. It remains the truest distillation of their ever present us-against-the-world strategy.
‘Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Despair’ was originally planned as a 20 minute DVD extra to accompany the remastered and expanded edition of ‘Generation Terrorists’. Heavenly Films and Hackney Picture house are proud to present the debut cinema screening of the full length 88 minute directors cut by acclaimed filmmaker Kieran Evans (Kelly + Victor, Finisterre,) and longtime Manics collaborator Robin Turner.
‘Generation Terrorists’ represents a period of wide-eyed optimism in the Manics’ career — a fact clearly reflected in the warmth of the conversations captured in the film. Covering everything from self-financed singles and pay-to-play gigs through to the emotional resonance of the band’s epochal eighteen track major label funded debut album. ‘Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Despair’ sees the Manics and key players such as Martin Hall (the band’s longtime
manager), Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne), Steve Brown (Generation Terrorists producer) & James Brown (ex-NME) talk candidly about the band’s early career, their debut album and the circumstances that helped spawn it. These conversations are framed by a rich archive of video and printed material that the filmmakers were granted access to
by the band.
The film will be supported by five Manic Street Preachers promo videos personally selected by Nicky Wire and seldom seen on the big screen.
Details of Q&A session and special guest DJ’s TBA.