Archive | July, 2011

MIXTAPE & DISCO DOUBLE BILL AT LEEDS AND READING FESTIVALS

19 Jul

So after a successful screening at Latitude, Disco continues on heading north to Leeds and Reading music festivals!

Disco will play after Mixtape, which is super exciting as it will be the first time the two films have screened back to back as a double bill:

See what I did there?

Full details to follow but it’s great to see the films traveling around the country together, alongside great bands and music.

This time Jarvis Cocker and Pulp take to the main stage on Saturday night.

See you there homies!

L x

LATITUDE SUMMED UP

18 Jul

After a super fun weekend, I’ve returned home, scraped off the mud and slept in an actual bed.

This morning I had a meal that was served on a plate. It was a strange experience after having consumed all recent meals wedged between two halves of a floury bap. It seems any cuisine can be ‘bapped’. Even whole meals like roast dinners and full English breakfasts.

Culinary delights aside, including one particular sausage that had the texture of a chubby human finger, Latitude was excellent this year. I spent most of my time bopping around in an official RNLI bright yellow lifeboat jacket which had the desired effect of making me look heroic and painfully cool at the same time. Thank god no one asked where I got it. (Thanks Granny Patricia).

So my festival highlights were many, but among them, stand out performances from The Vaccines and Bombay Bicycle Club in the word arena, sing along fun with Paolo Nutini on the main stage (Including a fantastic cover of Hot Chip’s Over and Over), hilarious diatribes from shambolic poet Tim Key and pitch perfect observations from Dylan Moran were my favourites.

Well, they were my favourites apart from Suede closing the festival on Sunday night in an absolutely ferocious display of their back catalogue. Anderson looked and sounded every bit as good as he did fifteen years ago; whatever that man is drinking I want some. He strutted around the stage totally at ease with headlining his first UK festival in over ten years. Trash, Animal Nitrate and the penultimate track, Disco’s Beautiful Ones were my picks of the set, the crowd filling in the soaring chorus’ under the command of the thrusting Anderson.

Some two hours before this, Disco had played to a packed tent over at the Bafta Film and Music Arena. I introduced the film and was super nervous about both speaking in front of a sizable crowd and how the film would play. My nerves settled after I’d finished a brief intro including speaking about what it means to me to screen the film at Latitude, in the UK for the first time, in front of Suede and alongside my friend Martin’s film Automate.

I ran from the backstage area around to the front to catch the film. It looked great. Being projected onto three screens across the tent, including a large central screen and two side screens, people laughed in the right places and got the music and the references and the overall reception was brilliant. It was also great for me to watch it with Bill and Charlie who were at the festival as well as several crew members including Ollie and Gaffers Dave and Mike. We even managed to share a page in the programme with Spike Jonze’s excellent Arcade Fire short Scenes From The Suburbs.

Automate continued the good vibes and it was great to see Martin’s film projected in front of an audience. It is a wonderfully funny and interesting film and everybody got it which was great. Sam Pamphilon’s performance, including some expert gurning, is excellent too.

All that’s left to say is a huge thank you to everyone involved with the film and a special thank you to everyone that came and supported the film and of course Tania Harrison and Latitude for booking us.

Onto the next one!

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INTERVIEW WITH BILL ON MSN

13 Jul

Excellent rock n’ roll interview with Mr Milner up on MSN Music here.

He is literally too cool for school.

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COUNTDOWN TO LATITUDE!

11 Jul

So there’s just under a week to go until Disco finally hits the UK, premiering on Sunday at Latitude.

We’ll be playing at 5.45pm in the Film and Music Arena and I’ll be introducing the film so come and say hi if you’re at the festival!

Rather excitingly we’re playing just before Spike Jonze and Arcade Fire’s short film, Scenes From the Suburbs which I’m really excited to see as I’m a big fan of both the band and Jonze.

Other highlights in the tent include Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon talking The Trip with Richard Curtis, Asif Kapadia discussing his excellent doc Senna and the absolutely mental Beastie Boys short film Fight For Your Right Revisited.

Plus my partner in crime Martin Stirling’s short sci fi romance Automate, playing next to Disco.

There are still tickets available, so go over here if you fancy it.

SAYONARA

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DIRECTORS NOTES PODCAST & CLIP

11 Jul

I spoke to Marbelle at Director’s Notes about my work and my experiences shooting Disco. It was a really enjoyable interview, being able to talk in depth about everything was great and incredibly therapeutic for me!

You can listen here.

DN also have an exclusive clip up on the website, a scene between Bill and Izzy on the playground. Watch that over here.

ENJOY!

L x