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Walking in the Opposite Direction (2016)

The tragedy of Adrian's battle with himself and his disease balanced with his joy and love of life and his creativity. This is the universal story of the razor's edge that so many artists walk between heaven and hell.

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Marc Waltman

Writer:

Marc Waltman
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bob Borland Bob Borland
Wally Brill Wally Brill
Stephen Budd Stephen Budd
Marco de Lange Marco de Lange
Mike Dudley Mike Dudley
Victor Heeremans Victor Heeremans
Adrian Janes Adrian Janes
Bi Marsh Bi Marsh
Wouter Planteijdt Wouter Planteijdt
Sabine Rahr Sabine Rahr
Nick Robbins Nick Robbins
Patrick Rowles Patrick Rowles
Bert van der Mark Bert van der Mark
Carlo van Putten Carlo van Putten
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The tragedy of Adrian's battle with himself and his disease balanced with his joy and love of life and his creativity. This is the universal story of the razor's edge that so many artists walk between heaven and hell.

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Country:

Netherlands | USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 2016 (Netherlands) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

€35,000 (estimated)
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color (DCP)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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On the world premiere the band "the citizens" performed live. This is band of Adrian Borland in hos solo carreer. See more »

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A vivid 'cult band' documentary which will interest those who have an interest in mental health in the music industry.
21 November 2016 | by stephenbudd-16642See all my reviews

This is an extraordinary documentary which will of course interest those knew of the 1980's cult band The Sound and its enigmatic leader Adrian Borland, but also those who have an interest in mental health, especially in the music industry.

The Sound were one of the 'great lost cult bands' who sat alongside (and many said influenced) U2 and were contemporaries of Joy Division, Gang of Four and label mates of Echo & The Bunnymen. Whilst arguably producing music that was as vibrant and revolutionary and important, they were never however 'cool'. They hailed from Wimbledon in London - rather than Liverpool or Manchester and they did not subscribe to "image" of any kind and some say, actively sabotaged their own success.

Ignored in the UK, The Sound became a substantial act in Europe and especially Holland where they thrived. Their live shows were a total force of nature and this comes across well in the film.

This well made documentary looks at their story, with a particular emphasis on their leader Adrian Borland and his descent into schizophrenia, some shocking revelations about his family life and his eventual tragic suicide and its effects on those around him.

Its deeply effecting and IMHO, a very valid addition to the cannon of music documentaries, giving a different twist on that period.

(Disclaimer....I managed the band for their first 2 albums and appear in the film).


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