Friday, 15 May 2015

Kick Starter: The Blockheads Documentary Press Release

The late ,and oh so great, Ian Dury's band are launching a Kick Starter campaign project for a documentary. Read the press release and make this astounding concept a reality. A tremendously hard working band, The Blockheads are still wowing audiences and their story needs to be told. Beyond The Call Of Dury needs your support...



Free Seed Films have launched a Kickstarter campaign to make a definitive documentary on the legendary backing band of Ian Dury; The Blockheads.The team are hoping to raise £50,000 in order to document the true talent and extensive careers of the 4 original band members; Mick Gallagher, Chaz Jankel, Johnny Turnbull and Norman Watt-Roy, from the beginning to present day. Elton John was quoted as saying that Ian Dury had the best live band in England, a reputation that made them the number one session musicians in the UK, before the age of sampling and programmed music took hold. Their live performances still inspire to this day.

No one has ever told the full story of The Blockheads on film. Previous documentaries involving anything to do with the band, focused on the artists they were backing. Working closely with the band, Free Seed Films has been gathering material for the last 18 months. There is so much untold music history to be revealed! The Blockheads are 60's generation musicians who found fame backing Ian Dury in the late 70's. Over the course of six decades, collectively they have played on hundreds of records for, written with, and backed countless artists live all over the world, including:

Paul McCartney, The Clash, Kilburn and the High Roads, John Legend, The Eurythmics, Nick Cave, Roger Daltrey, Roy Budd, Madness, Wilko Johnson, The Animals, Feargal Sharkey, Peter Frampton, Lulu, Link Wray, Tim Hardin, Sinéad O'Connor, Dr John, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Nick Lowe, Paul Young, Bob Geldof, Kirsty McColl, Steve Cropper, Alan Hull (Lindisfarne), Wreckless Eric, Cerys Matthews, Viv Albertine, and Jools Holland, to name a few.
The story of how the band came to back Ian Dury is quite amazing and the career that each member has had is quite frankly unbelievable. Starting in the choppy waters of the 60's music scene, they were in raw garage bands, as well as individually touring with established artists from the 60's and the 70's before meeting Ronan O'Rahilly and becoming the legendary Loving Awareness band for Radio Caroline. Then of course the years with Ian Dury occurred, which included two best selling albums, two top tens and a number one single, as well as working with various artists from Stiff Records and other mainstream acts of the time, such as The Clash.

Why £50,000?

There is a huge amount to fund including but not limited to the following:
• Music and video licences (£7000 per minute for vintage footage)
• Full post-production process including: additional editing, sound mixing, and colour correction
• Artwork and graphics
• Animation
• Renting additional equipment
• Recording and mixing the soundtrack (including NEW songs and score by The Blockheads)


Rewards for the Kickstarter include: Kosmo Vinyl designed artwork, copies of the documentary, special edition t-shirts, hand signed copy of the unreleased soundtrack; both on CD and vinyl, and even the chance to sing on the soundtrack with The Blockheads. Guest list tickets to the premiere of the documentary, being a featured interview on the documentary and Co-hosting the radio show, ‘Free Seed on Soho’ on Soho Radio.

Free Seed Films was established from a music perspective by company director’s Ben Gallagher and Steve Harcourt. The idea behind Free Seed is very much the same thinking behind a band. They regard their films as albums and their screenings much like live shows. Past projects include numerous music videos for legendary British punk band ‘ The Blockheads’, award nominated short ‘Los Jack Machine’ and extensive involvement with the No More Page 3 campaign including chart hitting song ‘Now’s the Time’ ft. Miss Baby Sol and controversial ‘No More Page 3’ Advert.

Part of the Free Seed brand is ‘Free Seed on Soho’ which delivers an eclectic mix of music and chat on Soho Radio, a new independent radio station featuring hosts, both new and influential in the world of Media.
Ben Gallagher: Co-founder of Free Seed films and Free Seed on Soho and host, a songwriter/producer who has worked with artists on Rough Trade, EMI and Island/Universal, most recently co-writing with Baxter Dury on his latest album ‘It’s a Pleasure’ and critically acclaimed 2011 album, ‘Happy Soup.’

Steve Harcourt: Co-founder of Free Seed films and producer of Free Seed on Soho is a composer/producer/engineer (Collapsed Lung, My Second Head) and also runs a successful music venue, The Square in Harlow.

Anabel Barnston: is an actor, working on comedies such as the award winning sit-com ‘The Inbetweeners’, Ben Elton’s ‘The Wright Way’ and BBC 3 comedy ‘Coming of Age.’ Anabel joined Free Seed Films in 2012, attracted by the strong musical influence on film production and has worked both behind and in front of the camera since. She also co-hosts Free Seed on Soho with Ben.

Kosmo Vinyl: Artwork - The former Londoner turned New Yorker Kosmo Vinyl is perhaps best known for his work with Ian Dury and The Blockheads and then with The Clash. Since the 90’s, Vinyl has developed into both an artist and a “cultural curator” In 2010; he was invited to contribute to the “London Calling” exhibition and fundraiser at London’s Ideas Generation Gallery in tribute to the artist/cartoonist Ray Lowry. In the past two years, Vinyl has had two one-man shows in England, one in London in 2013 featuring The West Ham themed “Saitches” and the other in Somerset this past summer on the subject of England and The World Cup. He was also co-curator of the late Ian Dury’s first art exhibition “More Than Fair,” a retrospective shown at The Royal College of Art London.

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Kickstarter launched 6pm 6th May 2015 and will run until 6pm 6th June 2015.

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