Screenings
Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Sun 24th Sep 17:45
Q&A with Leslie Ann Coles, Sonja Kristina, Judy Dyble, Steve Howe, Steve Abbott

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Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Thu 28th Sep 13:00

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Leslie Ann Coles, who runs the Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto, makes a very worthy debut feature in this nostalgic story of the rise of Melody Maker magazine from its jazz roots in 1926, to its huge success as the bible of rock ‘n’ roll from the 60s. It’s a must-see for fans of music and photography alike.
What makes this film stand out is its focus on those who made the magazine a success, with photographer Barrie Wentzell taking the well-deserved limelight with his captivating accounts of interactions with rock stars and the secrets behind the opportunities for the perfect shots. Candid recollections include the moment Pink Floyd’s Sid Barrett locked himself away in a room convinced that his management were aliens and were out to get him, and the worry Barrie experienced when John Lennon insisted on posing in front of an anti-American propaganda poster shortly before moving to New York.
We’re not just getting to see the rock bands (many of whom found members through Melody Maker listings) and the rise of rock ’n’ roll in this feature, we’re getting emotional truth behind the photographs as well.
Michelle Goode
Original Title
Should've Been There
Runtime
95
Cast
Barrie Wentzell
Chris Welch
Chris Charlesworth
Eric Burdon
Ian Anderson
Country
Canada
Director(s)
Leslie-Ann Coles
Writer(s)
Leslie-Ann Coles
Producer(s)
Mark Sanders
Leslie-Ann Coles
Executive Producer(s)
Richard Hanet
Leslie-Ann Coles
Screening Status
International Premiere