Twenty Generation Terrorists‘ remains the blueprint for Manic Street Preachers’ career. Planned as a magnum opus that would sell sixteen million copies and lead to the band’s dissolution, their debut album – much like the band back then – was wildly ambitious, confused, exciting and utterly unique. It remains the truest distillation of their ever present us-against-the-world strategy.years on from its release, ‘
‘Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Despair’ was originally planned as a 20 minute DVD extra to accompany the remastered and expanded edition of ‘Generation Terrorists’. Heavenly Films and Hackney Picture house are screening the rarely seen full length 76 minute version made by acclaimed filmmaker Kieran Evans (Kelly + Victor, Finisterre,) and longtime Manicscollaborator Robin Turner.
‘Generation Terrorists’ represents a period of wide-eyed optimism in the Manics’ career – a fact clearly reflected in the warmth of the conversations captured in the film. Covering everything from self-financed singles and pay-to-play gigs through to the emotional resonance of the band’s epochal eighteen track major label funded debut album. ‘Culture, Alienation, Boredom and Despair’ sees the Manics and key players such as Martin Hall (the band’s longtime manager), Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne), Steve Brown (Generation Terrorists producer) & James Brown (ex-NME) talk candidly about the band’s early career, their debut album and the circumstances that helped spawn it. These conversations are framed by a rich archive of video and printed material that the filmmakers were granted access to by the band.
The film will be supported by five Manic Street Preachers promo video’s personally selected by Nicky Wire and seldom seen on the big screen.
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