There are bands that everyone kinda likes – you know, you wouldn’t switch ‘em off if they came on the radio but you’re not trekking across town on a wet Wednesday to catch a gig. And then there are the bands that fewer people like, but the people who do, well they LOVE them. The Manics are such a band. Mouthy, difficult, flambouyant, confrontational, funny and tragic – in short, just the kind of band you should make a film about. And this one caught them at a pivotal moment in their twenty-year career, just as their hugely ambitious, major-label double album Generation Terrorists came out. With a current-day look back on the follies and excesses of youth, a treasure trove of archival footage and a couple of the most articulate musicians of recent times at the helm this should be a cut above most music docs. Today’s premiere also sees a late-night DJ set too.
FilmThursday May 2