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Art Will Save The World. A film about Luke Haines


Niall McCann

2012

Ireland

70 min.

English

VOSE
European Premiere
Digibeta

East End Film Festival; Galway Film Fleadh
Luke Haines; Jarvis Cocker; David Peace; John Niven; Stewart Home; Arthur Matthews; Paul Woodful.
Niall McCann
Guy Montague, Declan McGrath, Ray Roantree
Matt Kirrane, Tim Hood
Dean Jones
Luke Haines
Luke Haines , Niall McCann
Gillian Smyth, Clare Ridge
Happy Ending productions

Niall McCann

Failed pop star. The soul of The Auteurs and Black Box Recorder reconstructs the purgatory of his career in a hilarious testimony that craps all over every aspect of the pop music business. Irony, ideas, misanthropy, self-sabotage… Oh, and a shitload of dissing. 

 

Special session @ Doc Alive (Nov 3rd): Screening + Luke Haines Live! (independents tickets)

 

Failed pop star. The soul of The Auteurs and Black Box Recorder reconstructs the purgatory of his career in a hilarious testimony that craps on every aspect of the pop music business. Those on the prowl for public relations and commercial potential have come to the wrong place. Haines is a notorious party-pooper, a wet blanket at awards ceremonies, and a sourpuss-that-sulks-in-the-corner. To relate his tragic-comic saga, director Niall McCann organizes a perfidious puzzle filled with talking heads: Jarvis Cocker, Stewart Home, David Peace... (or, as Haines puts it: “people who pretend they have met me”), unforgettable quips by the disgusted composer (“To hell with the common people”, “Britpop never existed”), and a script that resembles Winterbottom gone punk: actors that aspire to walk in Haines’ shoes, frozen images, surprising turns, and historical tiffs. The result of all this is an antsy and gob-smacking film (to the degree it will make you turn to the dude sitting next to you and say “Is this for real?”) about the most misanthropic (“They can’t write a review of me without saying misanthrope”), brilliant, and acidic cynic of British pop.   

 

Niall McCann is an Irish director that’s so obscure he doesn’t even have an IMDB entry, and to top it off, he shares his name with a notorious TV adventurer. This hasn’t stopped him from debuting with one of the most caustic films of the season.  

 

Niall McCann will introduce the film on Friday 2 at 20:30h at Aribau Club 2.


Special session @ Doc Alive (Nov 3rd): Screening + Luke Haines Live!
(independents tickets)

 


Barcelona Screenings
Friday 2 20:30 Aribau Club 2
Sunday 4 18:15 Aribau Club 2