The final running order for this year’s NME FILM FESTIVAL, which takes place between October 1 and November 5 at the National Film Theatre on the South Bank, London, has now been confirmed.
Following the festival run, many of the films showing at the NFT will tour the UK. Pulp, Manic Street Preachers, Shaun Ryder, Lo-Fidelity Allstars and Edwyn Collins are among artists featured at this year’s festival, the fourth to be held at the NFT. The festival features a number of UK premieres and previews including glam rock movie Velvet Goldmine (pictured) and the American campus thriller Dead Man’s Curve, which features music by Blur, Snoop Dogg and Elastica.
There will also be a screening of the controversial Patti Smith documentary The Sea Of Possibilities. The singer recently stopped a San Francisco cinema from showing the movie claiming she was unhappy with scenes shot early in her career.
The full running order for the NME Film Festival, curated by NME Media Editor Gavin Martin, looks like this:
PORTISHEAD: PNYC NFT1, October 1, 8.45pm Live footage from Portishead’s New York Roseland Ballroom performance last year. The programme also includes a number of Portishead shorts.
PATTI SMITH: THE SEA OF POSSIBILITIES (PREMIERE) NFT2, October 2, 8.30pm This French-made documentary traces Smith’s career and relationships with Robert Mapplethorpe and her late husband Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith.
REM NIGHT: ROUGH CUT & ROAD MOVIE NFT1, October 5, 8.45pm Rough Cut is a candid look at the group’s inner workings while Road Movie documents their 1995 tour. The programme also features various REM TV and promo clips.
CLOSE UP: MANIC STREET PREACHERS PRESENTED BY MIKE CONNOLLY NFT1, October 6, 6.30pm Filmed during the making of ‘This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours’, this includes scenes cut from the television version. Documentary-maker Connolly will introduce it and take questions afterwards.
LOU REED: ROCK’N’ROLL HEART (PREMIERE) NFT1, October 7, 6.30pm This is the first documentary on Reed that examines his career from the sleaze of Andy Warhol’s Factory, through the ’70s and into latter-day elder statesman status.
EMBRACE: THE ABBEY ROAD SESSIONS AND THE BEST OF THE BRATS NFT1, October 8, 8.45pm The film features Embrace performing songs from ‘The Good Will Out’ at Abbey Road studios earlier this year. The Best Of The Brats includes live performances from NME award-winners, including The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, The Verve, Blur, Suede and Primal Scream.
OMNIBUS: THE STORY OF CREATION PLUS ALAN McGEE IN CONVERSATION NFT1, October 9, 8.45pm McGee will be onstage after the screening with NME Editor Steve Sutherland taking questions from the audience.
THE BEACH BOYS: ENDLESS HARMONY NFT1, October 11, 6.30pm Rare footage, including their first TV appearance, a glimpse of a pre-breakdown Brian Wilson singing ‘In My Room’ and the inside story of the making of ‘Pet Sounds’.
YESTERDAY’S HEROES NFT1, October 11, 8.45pm This archive film includes a rare TV outing for Captain Beefheart, early footage of Nirvana, Jim Morrison with The Doors and Van Morrison with The Caledonia Soul Orchestra. There’s also rarely seen footage of ‘Hunky Dory’-era Bowie and Eno-era Roxy Music.
OASIS THERE AND THEN AND RARE TV FOOTAGE NFT1, October 13, 8.45pm Captures Britain’s best in concert at Earl’s Court, London, and Maine Road, Manchester. Includes a full supporting programme of Oasis’ TV appearances and video promos.
MODERN TIMES: LTJ BUKEM AND VIBES EXTRAVAGANZA NFT1, October 15, 8.45pm This Modern Times documentary follows Bukem and irrepressible manager Tony Fordham on tour. It is accompanied by a potted history of dance with exclusive footage of Lee Perry, a rare Kraftwerk animated film plus Underworld, Aphex Twin, 808 State and Orbital.
SKINT RECORDS ON VIDEO PRESENTED BY LO-FIDELITY ALLSTARS AND FRIENDS MOMI, October 16, 7.30pm The Brighton label folk trace their career through early small-budget videos through to later work with celebrated American promo maker Spike Jonze. Schedule permitting, Skint boss Damien Harris, will be joined onstage by the Lo-Fi’s.
MODULATIONS MOMI, October 16, 7.30pm A journey through 20th-century electronic music taking in avant-garde pioneers John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, Miles Davis, Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder as well as the Chicago house pioneers and British jungle artists of today.
PULP PRESENTation NFT1 October 18, 6.30pm, and PRIVILEGE NFT1, 8.45pm. Jarvis Cocker & co take over for an evening of movies and surprise. Johnny Speight’s Privilege, meanwhile, is a pointed satire on how the establishment uses a rock star to quell dissent.
VELVET GOLDMINE (PREVIEW) NFT1, October 22, 11pm Using songs by Roxy Music and Lou Reed and new music specially created for the movie by members of Pulp, Radiohead and Elastica, Velvet Goldmine blends fact and fiction to get to the truth of the glam rock era.
YEAR OF THE HORSE (PREVIEW) NFT1, October 23, 8.45pm Neil Young And Crazy Horse filmed on their 1996, 1987 and 1976 tours. The film features interviews with Young and the band and Young’s biographer father Scott.
BORN TO BOOGIE AND OMNIBUS: CRACKED ACTOR NFT1, October 25, 6.30pm Two of the real-life stars who provided the inspiration for Velvet Goldmine. Born To Boogie features Marc Bolan at his best and Cracked Actor is a fascinating journey into David Bowie’s mid-’70s cocaine-addled world.
DEAD MAN’S CURVE (PREVIEW) NFT1, October 27, 8.45pm Struggling to get into Harvard, two college roommates set out to manipulate the US college system which decrees if a student commits suicide their roommate is given straight A passes.
EDWYN COLLINS PRESENTS SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG NFT2, October 30, 8.30pm Van Peebles’ trailblazing blaxploitation film mixes comedy, nightmare and loud music to create a potent vision of post Civil Rights-era black America.
TOM BRUGGEN AND SHAUN RYDER PRESENT THE GRAPE TAPES NFT1, October 31, 8.45pm. Boxing promoter and Ryder confidante Tom Bruggen tells the story of one of the most unlikely comebacks in music history. Bruggen (and, “schedule permitting”, Shaun Ryder) will be on hand to present the screening.
FAME AND FORTUNE: OZZY OSBOURNE… AND OTHER OUTLAWS NFT1, November 3, 8.45pm Extraordinary look at Ozzy Osbourne supported by censored video clips from Aphex Twin, Goldie, Prodigy and Death In Vegas.
THE BEST OF THE NME ’60s POLLWINNERS CONCERTS NFT1, November 5, 6.30pm Original TV footage features the very best of NME’s original awards shows from 1964-66 with performances by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and The Animals.
METALLICA UNTITLED NFT1, November 5, 8.45pm Metallica’s stageshows peaked with their world tour of 1996/97. Roadies caught fire and stages collapsed. Here’s the visual evidence.
To order tickets and check availability call the NFT Box Office on 0171 928 3232.
Details of the NME Film Festival on tour will be posted soon.