Catatonia and Super Furries contribute brand new tracks to the John Cale-scored 'Beautiful Mistake'...
CATATONIA and SUPER FURRY ANIMALS have contributed brand new tracks to a film based around the music of JOHN CALE and featuring JAMES DEAN BRADFIELD, PATRICK JONES and GORKY’S ZYGOTIC MYNCI.
NME.COM joined John Cale and director Marc Evans at an exclusive screening of ‘Beautiful Mistake’ at Columbia Tristar offices in London this afternoon (November 21).
The 75-minute film, described by the director as “a snapshot of Cardiff in the year 2000,” will receive its official premiere at Cardiff International Film Festival on November 29, and will be released early next year.
Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield duets with Cale – who plays organ or piano with the various Welsh bands throughout – in the opening sequence of the film, joining him for ‘Ready For Drowning’ on acoustic guitar and appearing later on to play electric guitar on ‘Some Friends’.
Catatonia play brand new song ‘Whispering Room’ in a room painted red, frontwoman Cerys Matthews wearing a Motorhead t-shirt. She also sings a duet with Cale on his 1975 song ‘I Keep A Close Watch’.
Super Furry Animals debut new song ‘Presidential Suite’, which was reportedly inspired by Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, and also provide the closing music, performing new Cale composition ‘Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead’, which he wrote in his hotel room in Cardiff two days before it was recorded. His score for the film, however, was mainly written in New York.
Nicky Wire’s brother, poet Patrick Jones, gives two performances, ‘Scalpel And Heart’ and ‘Of Temazepam And Petroleum’. Gorky?s Zygotic Mynci perform ‘Oh Caroline II’.
Other bands featured in the film, which is interspersed with footage of scenes from around Cardiff, include Derrero, Big Leaves and a host of other Welsh-language bands.
Speaking to NME.COM after the screening, Marc Evans said: “The main purpose in this film was for John Cale. There are a lot of interesting things happening in Wales and we had to do something about it. We spent 10 days at The Point And Coal Exchange studio in Cardiff. It isn’t a concert or pop film. The glue that holds it together is John Cale’s fantastic score.”