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Glastonbury -- A documentary on the 30th anniversary of Britain's best-known music festival.

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14 April 2006 (UK) See more »
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The mud. The music. The madness.
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A documentary on the 30th anniversary of Britain's best-known music festival. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 

Björk ... Herself

David Bowie ... Himself

Billy Bragg ... Himself

James Brown ... Himself

Nick Cave ... Himself
Michael Eavis ... Himself

Morrissey ... Himself

Joe Strummer ... Himself

Directed by
Julien Temple 
 
Produced by
Ben Challis .... associate producer
Ann Faggetter .... co-producer
Jane Hawley .... executive producer
Dave Henderson .... executive producer
Anna Kalnars .... line producer
Stephan Mallmann .... associate producer
Robert Richards .... producer
Tracey Scoffield .... executive producer
Jeremy Thomas .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Terry Flaxton 
Ben Smithard 
Julien Temple 
 
Film Editing by
Niven Howie 
Tobias Zaldua 
 
Production Management
Amanda Temple .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Christian Bourne .... sound recordist
Richard Conway .... sound project manager
Simon Gershon .... sound effects editor
Gareth Llewellyn .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Ben Meechan .... sound effects editor
Matthew Skelding .... supervising dialogue editor
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Andrew Stirk .... sound re-recording mixer
David Turner .... sound technical coordinator
 
Visual Effects by
Alan Maiden .... online editor
Tom Russell .... senior colourist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Henry Bateman .... additional photography
James Callow .... camera operator
Hamish Doyne-Ditmas .... camera operator
Demetri Jagger .... assistant camera
Ben Smithard .... supervising camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Lauren Knowlton-Parry .... telecine assistant: Prime Focus
 
Music Department
Sharif Ahmed .... music clearance
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Florence Larsonneur .... business affairs
Melanie Reynard .... assistant: Stephan Mallmann
John Shearlaw .... researcher
 

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Rated R for nudity, drug use, language and some sexual content
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UK:138 min
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
It feels like the real thing, 17 February 2006
Author: liz-badgers from United Kingdom

Living near the Glastonbury Festival site gives me a rather different perspective from that of the visiting Festival fan. And this film offers both views - that of the "local" and that of the visitor to mid-Somerset.

Covering all 30 something years of the festival's life, Julien Temple's film distills many hundreds of hours of professional film, archive film and home movie into just over two hours and really makes you feel that you spent a whole weekend there. Just like the Festival, there are different experiences for different audiences and those who love the festival for rock music will have some considerable reward with lovely filming (and soundtrack) of the main stage acts. Others who spend their time in the more alternative areas of the festival are also rewarded with extraordinary performers. A few of the punters are great value too - look out for the young man who had been there far too long although he could just about remember that he arrived "last Sunday".

Most interesting for me was the piece of contemporary social history that the film delivers. The first years of love and peace, followed by the travellers' convoys, the gradual growth of the corporate influence and the era of the all-encompassing wall chart our own memories of the festival through more than three decades. Some of the earliest archive footage is wonderful with great characters drawn from Pilton, the village near Glastonbury that hosts the Festival. Television coverage from those years will show you how much life has changed - as indeed have the TV presenters themselves. And the journey that Michael Eavis has himself taken over this mighty era is nicely covered too.

The stars of the show are, for me, the family who have the unenvied responsibility of clearing the loos early each morning. Father and his two sons - not men to tamper with - note that it's not a bad job "early mornings and plenty of people to talk to" but the graphic footage of their work might make you think it's the worst job in Somerset!

Edited in a way that doesn't do the work for you - years mixed together, no names for interviewees or performers - means you have to keep focused but at the end of the film I was left with a clear and enjoyable image of the journey the festival and its people have taken.

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