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Film & Music | It’s All A Blur

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Poster for documentary on Blur, "No Distance Left To Run"

From one band documentary to another – this time it’s Blur.

No Distance Left To Run: A Film About Blur premiered in the UK this week. Reviews so far are positive, praising a well-shot and intimate account of the band’s rise to the heights of British pop.

The documentary is directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, whose combined résumé includes this music video for Franz Ferdinand. The pair’s work in the music industry obviously gives them great access to the four band members – Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon, Alex James and Dave Rowntree.

I confess, yes, I am a Blur groupie. One of my great concert moments was seeing them perform at Sydney’s Metro and reaching out to touch Albarn’s hand in what can only be likened to this. They, together with Pulp, captured everything I loved about big britpop at the time.

Back to the film. No Distance Left To Run finds the four reunited for Glastonbury. It appears to tick all the boxes you’d expect: growing up in Essex, their early days and rise to fame, the much-publicised rivalry with Oasis, their own internal rivalries, their friendship and the reunion. The film promises new and yet unseen footage.

Reviews have praised the photography in the film, though with one reviewer sniping, “it often looks like a very high-grade piece of officially approved merchandise”.

Interviews with Graham Coxon and Dave Rowntree, the less vocal members of the band, are particularly ace according to the reviews. I’ve seen Coxon interviewed elsewhere and, away from the attention seeking tactics of Albarn and James, he’s actually got interesting things to say and both sounds/looks the part of indie-rock muso to a T.

And, of course, there’s the music … most of which is apparently from live performances.

No distributors for Australia as yet, but the DVD will be released in the UK in February.

Here’s the trailer.

Related links

» Review in The Times
» Review in The Guardian
» Blur: Official Site


Written by Darren Smith

16 January 2010 at 11:49 am

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  1. I cannot wait to see this. And with Blur effectively over it seems, bring on the boxsets of unreleased stuff, please! Something like Pleasant Education deserves to be heard by the world.


    16 January 2010 at 11:44 pm

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