Sleaford Mods have backed a proposed crowdfunded documentary “about the band, their fans and the state of modern Britain”.
The film, billed as “part doc, part look at the state of the nation”, is called Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain and will follow the band on their upcoming UK tour.
The campaign page on Indiegogo has been set up by directors Nathan Hannawin and Paul Sng, who met the band when they interviewed them in Brighton. It explains that Sleaford Mods will be visiting areas “where other bands fear to tread” and will be a combination of raw footage of the band, interviews with the band’s fans and scenes from around the country.
It continues: “The Nottingham duo will be visiting towns and cities that don’t even exist in the minds of anyone south of Barnet… the neglected, broken down and boarded up parts of the UK that most would prefer to ignore.
“What better time to plunge into these hinterlands than on the eve of a divisive election, and in the company of a band who’ve got everything to play for, and who give voice to the pent up rage and the hopeless, helpless frustration of a country on the brink.”
The film supposedly takes its cue from Patrick Keiller’s Robinson in Ruins trilogy, writer and filmmaker Iain Sinclair, Mark Steel’s In Town radio programme, and JG Ballard’s comment “Feel alive, drive around the M25!” Sleaford Mods’ Jason Williamson lent his support to the film, commenting: “This documentary is a good thing, an insight into an ‘actual’ band, fucking about, working, no gloss, no bollocks. This is music.”
Hannawin and Sng are aiming to raise £7000. Contributions start at £5, and contributors can receive their name on the credits, a digital download of the film, a limited edition DVD and even an executive producer credit.
Sleaford Mods have previously spoke to NME about the impact their latest album ‘Divide And Exit’ had on the band members’ lives. “It got me out of work, it connected with thousands of people all over the place and because of that I view it as the most important release in the band’s history,” Jason Williamson said.