UPSTAIRS PLANET: Cleaners From Venus & The Universe of Martin Newell
This is the World Premiere of Graham Bendel's latest film, the third in a trilogy of 'rugged individualists' who've rocked the fringes and occasionally crossed over into the musical mainstream.
Martin Newell is a raconteur, poet, musical genius and the Godfather of Lo-Fi.
'Upstairs Planet' is about the greatest band from the 1980s you've possibly not heard of: Cleaners From Venus. Funny, moving and hugely entertaining, it's about a relatively unknown - but hugely talented - cult 80s musician who has been a tremendous influence on many well-known acts and admired by a whole host of others (John Cooper Clarke, XTC, Ariel Pink, Mac DeMarco, etc).
Will he ever get the credit that he so richly deserves? Does he even want that approval? In the meantime, reaching a wider audience is threatened by health setbacks and, quite probably, his irascible temperament. Find out more about the 'Greatest Living Englishman' and his unique & eccentric take on the world.
Previous documentaries from director Graham Bendel have been on Vic Godard/Subway Sect & Billy Childish, which have been screened all over the world.
+ Short film by JF Whitney on Billy Childish (I'm Hurting/ The Bitter Cup) 5 mins 12 secs
Plus live special guest: Martin Newell, in a rare London performance, will perform a short set after the film.
Music before and after in the Bar from DJs: (including:
special guest DJ Richard Norris (The Grid/Beyond The Wizards Sleeve) who'll be playing a psychedelic & suitably eclectic set.
Tickets just £9 until midnight June 14th