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On their way home from the Isle of Wight Pop Festival, Jeff, Trev and Mick along with girlfriends Marty and Cathy decide to pitch a tent on private land. In the morning the land's owner Rafe turns up and orders them to get off his lawn but changes his mind when one of the girls emerges naked from the tent. Rafe explains he only comes down to the house at weekends and lets them stay providing they redecorate his house. The squatters agree but once Rafe leaves they plot to organize a pop festival at the house. Attempting to raise cash for the venture, the men coerce their girlfriends into making a blue movie. When this proves disastrous Jeff goes to London and poses as a pop journalist in order to book the groups "Crazy Mabel" and "The Juicy Lucy" for the festival. Written by
Since finding Kim Newman's doc about the British Film Insitute bringing out a number of forgotten,mostly low budget movies onto DVD,I was pleased to recently find one of the released titles being sold at a surprisingly cheap price.
Taking a look at the DVD's bonus features,I was happy to discover that one of the main extras was a long forgotten music docu-Comedy,which with a running time of 66 minutes.looked like a very good way to take a look at the type of movies which the BFI will hopefully be bringing more out of in the future.
Getting set to pack their camping equipment at the Isle of Wright Pop Festival,a group of friends begin to think about,how despite all of them having a pretty good time at the festival,they have each started to notice that corporate sponsors seem to be starting to become a big presence at the Festival.
Having left straight after the festival to start their journey back home,the group decides when night falls to put up their tent inside a huge empty field.Before getting a chance to relies what is going on,the group are woken up by the furious owner of the land,and and a mansion near by the vast surrounding fields.As the group do their very best to calm the man down,some of them start to think of ways to secretly hold their very own "indiependent" music festival right at this location.
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Despite being most well known for his work in British Sex Comedies, (directing 3 of the "Confessions" movies) Stanley Long, (who also wrote the screenplay with the real life wife of one of the films bands:Suzanne Mercer) goes for a much more restrained approach, (although,one or two of the stunning actresses in the movie do appear naked) which allows him to show a real flair for the centrepiece music performances.
Thanks to Long's flashy editing style,the performances are given a strong,real "raw" sound,which also gives Longs shots of "corporate" vans getting closer to the stage,a feeling that something sinister is going to pull the plug from this "raw" sound ever being heard again.
Reading the terrific BFI booklet about the film,I was extremely sadden to hear that over 30 minutes of the films running time featuring performances from 3 different bands has lost its sound track forever.Thankfully,the footage and sound which does survive and feature in the film,allows each of the 3 bands rough,Blues Jazz-Rock sound to give the films best moments terrific riffs,which will hopefully stop the bands from completely fading away onto faded,half torn up,forgotten music magazines.
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