(Short documentary film about musician Gavin Clark)
The following is an edited version of a message which Shane
left on the FORUM:
Now the madness (of This Is England) has
finally died down, I will be making my first short film since
Northern Soul in the next month.. It is a documentary about
Gavin Clark (of the bands, Sunhouse and Clayhill) and his new
Solo accoustic album that we are recording in his Living room
at the moment.
The idea came about a few weeks ago when I dropped in to see
Gavin after Clayhill's tour of America (supporting Beth Orton)
and found him sat with the Yellow Pages looking for a job delivering
Pizzas! It turned out that the Record company had ran out of
money after the last album and had dropped the band that very
morning. The idea of Gav delivering pizzas again at 37 made
me wanna puke up and I got in touch with Mark (my producer)
about trying to get the funds to make an album and short film
that could get Gav known to a wider audience and hopefully get
him re-signed as a solo artist in the process.
Now me and Gav go back a very long way and
I have always been baffled as to why his work remains largely
undiscovered. My own tinpot theory is this: His home recordings
(just him and guitar) are amongst the most beautiful and touching
songs I have ever heard, but that maybe the process of then
taking those songs into a studio with a band somehow takes away
some of the raw emotion. So I asked Gav if he had any new solo
stuff that I could listen to, he set the Tascam running and
left the room. When he came back in I had a great feckkin lump
in my throat. I was like "This is what you need to release,
This is You!".
So the idea was born and the Album is underway. The filming
is gonna take place over the next few weeks and will culminate
in Gavin playing his first ever Solo gig in the living room
where it all began. Analogue blogs to follow...
The filming and the edit are completed.. Currently awaiting further news about the date and method of it's release!
can keep track of further developments in the SHANE'S SHORTS
section of the FORUM
KING OF THE GYPSIES
This feature film project about the life of bare-knuckle boxing
champion Bartley Gorman has been Shane's dream project for
In the light of This Is England's box office success and soaring
DVD sales, it appears that Shane may now have access to all
the financial backing he needs to do the story justice.
Shane and producer Mark Herbert are scheduled to meet with Film4 during October 2007 for preliminary discussions.
Shane and Paddy Considine should begin writing the film this winter (2007).
Paddy Considine as Bartley Gorman
Keep an eye on the FORUM for as-it-happens news!