British punk duo Sleaford Mods have been called "the voice of Britain" by their fans, "Britain's angriest band" by the Guardian and "The world's greatest rock 'n' roll band" by Iggy Pop. "...
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British punk duo Sleaford Mods have been called "the voice of Britain" by their fans, "Britain's angriest band" by the Guardian and "The world's greatest rock 'n' roll band" by Iggy Pop. "Bunch of Kunst" follows them on their two-year journey from Nottingham bedroom recording sessions to chart success.
Cinema verite that gives you unfettered access to the minds of the Sleafords
I had the fortune of being in Amsterdam during the 2017 documentary film fest and had the opportunity to see this film twice! Both times with the director Christine Franz and Sleafords manager Steve Underwood doing a Q&A.
The filmmaker uncannily catches the Sleafords as they are gathering steam but still playing to small, but rabid, audiences mainly in the UK. I think the director chose the subject because she was a fan and that shows as she really lets the band and their manager be the stars of this doc. You sometimes forget there is a camera trained on the subjects. We see daily life in working class England and how that forms the basis of the Sleafords musical genius; as an American it was really helpful for me to better understand how that discontent factors into the music.
The film logically ends at a point where the band gets some surprising success (I won't spoil it) so it ends on a high note... (no pun intended). For the first time director, I would give her an A+ effort on a subject that could easily have been rather difficult to grasp and make human. And the participation of their manager Steve (who I also met at the Q&A and who is a lovely bloke) was a real important angle in this story.
Can''t wait for the DVD and hope the director makes more films.
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