A story told with love.

The date for the screening of The City That Rocked The World has been set for 1st August at the Philharmonic Hall and I’ve been looking through my notes and research work from the film. This was a pretty big project. We have interviewed over 90 contributors for the documentary. Mainly musicians but also promoters, club owners and cultural commentators. Not all of them have made it into the story. Not because their contribution wasn’t valid or interesting but because there’s only so much you can squeeze into one production. (Plenty there for the DVD extras then!) I think there are 47 people appearing on screen and 6 live performances shot specially for the film.

So is this the definitive story of music created on the banks of the Mersey? No. It’s one story told with love. Another team would make a different film. The definitive story would probably run to 20 episodes there’s so much great music that has come out of this city.

Liverpool has been fortunate to be at the confluence of trade, nationalities, ideas and musical influences. Is it the greatest musical city in the UK? I would argue yes, but others may think differently.

Sound Agents and Skiffle

What better way to start the week than coffee and conversation with Moira Kenny and John Campbell. They’ve established their Sound Agent’s studio two floors above. I’m hoping sonic material will be seeping through the ceiling in the coming months.
At the Downtown Business conference last week there was much talk of apprenticeships and having spoken to a Community College rep I’m expecting a meeting later today about the possibility of Brightmoon taking on an apprentice. It’s a big commitment from both halves of the equation and we won’t enter into it if we can’t find a sustainable and quality experience for the young person. Get it right and it’s probably the best way to give someone a break and to recruit new staff. We’ll see.
I’m in search of skiffle, or at least a young band playing skiffle. It seems that skiffle was a significant factor in the embryonic Liverpool music scene of the late 50s so I want to recreate a scene for City That Rocked the World with a young skiffle band. If you know one… get in touch.

End of a good week.

Sitting in the half light of the Brightmoon Edit Suite Five and reflecting on a busy and successful week. We started on Monday with the It’s Liverpool Conference and managed to get a short film of the day edited and on the web by Wednesday evening (well done to Kris and Geoff who wielded cameras and Geoff again on the quick edit). It’s been well received and captures the excitement and debate of the speakers and delegates. On Wednesday we delivered a third film to the Big Life Company in Manchester and then last night had a festive offering screened at the gargantuan Downtown Livercool Awards (your correspondent is still recovering). Frank, Roger and the team at Downtown have had a fabulous week and I take my hat off to their ability to “put on a show”.
Next week sees the start of a large project – a feature length documentary celebrating the story of Liverpool music – The City That Rocked the World. Its been a long time since I was first approached to direct this film but we finally start pre-production next week. The film is being made in association with Stealth Media, Angry Badger Pictures and Get Back Films. More about this in the near future, I’m off for a bit of roast duck and a glass of wine – cheers!