Ugly Duckling Presents The Living Room
For one night only, Warp Films and Ugly Duckling in Dublin will host the Irish Premiere of The Living Room, a Shane Meadow’s film, celebrating the music of Gavin Clark, followed by a live performance from Gavin Clark accompanied by Nick Hemming and Helen Whitaker of The Leisure Society.
The night’s proceedings will be kicked off with a screening of Shane Meadows’ first short film ‘Northern Soul’, a 30min short mock documentary, followed by a one-off exclusive screening of his legendary 2009 (and previously unseen in Ireland) documentary ‘The Living Room’, about his long term friend and music collaborator Gavin Clark, whose music has inspired Shane's films throughout his career. The evening will continue with a live music performance by Gavin Clark, featuring a retrospective selection of compositions from his 20 years of making music, accompanied by Nick Hemming & Helen Whitaker of The Leisure Society.
Renowned, BAFTA award-winning director, Shane Meadows is a self-taught British film-maker of cult films ‘This Is England’(2006), ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’ (2004), ‘Twenty Four Seven’ (1997) and most recently, the documentary ‘Stone Roses: Made of Stone’ (2013). He is recognised as one of the most important figures of British Independent cinema, having garnered critical acclaim for the brutal realism of his heartfelt, largely semi-autobiographical films. Often focusing on the underside of small-town midlands life, Meadows has developed a reputation for his ability to weave myth with social realism in an inimitable, emotive style. He has consistently proven himself to be an edgy, unpredictable and inspired presence in film-making. Meadows has developed long-standing collaborative relationships with the likes of Paddy Considine, the late Bob Hoskins and musician Gavin Clark.
His first short film ‘Northern Soul’ marked the beginning of his collaboration with musician Gavin Clark. Starring Toby Kebbell, ‘Northern Soul’tells the story of Mike Sherbet, a lonely young man obsessed with American wrestling with the implausible dream of competing against his heroes on the British wrestling circuit.
Gavin Clark, the erstwhile player and songwriter in Sunhouse, Clayhill, the musical collaborator with visual director Shane Meadows, and vocalist with the highly acclaimed Unkle, has long been a figure of the underground music scene. His acclaimed newly released double vinyl album ‘Beautiful Skeletons’, is a 22 track collection of songs, spanning nearly two decades of Gavin Clark’s compositions, collated by Shane Meadows from an original archive of 240 songs that he has saved over their twenty year friendship. Having met as teens working at Alton Towers – Meadows as a face painter, Clark cooking chips – Meadows and Clark have worked together in “bald and hairy harmony” ever since. Clark co-wrote the music for 2008’s ‘Somers Town’ and features on the soundtrack to most of Meadows’s films, including a Smiths cover for the BAFTA award-winning cult film ‘This is England’. Following the collapse of Clark’s record label, Meadows began working on ‘The Living Room’ in 2006, to create a poignant and often amusing document of their friendship and collaboration. Meadows determined to shine a light on the under-appreciated talents of his unassuming friend; “I have always been baffled as to why his work remains largely undiscovered… his home recordings are amongst the most beautiful and touching songs I have ever heard”. The 40 minute film is a thought-provoking visual accompaniment to the release of Clarks’ highly regarded album ‘Beautiful Skeletons’. The Daily Telegraph has described his music as “acoustic, organic, folky, gorgeous…” while WORD writes of Clark, “He simply has the knack of singing as if he is holding on for dear life, somehow he sounds hopeful and defeated at the same time. There’s an over-riding melancholy in every note he sings and yet the results are oddly joyful, life-affirming.”
Film director Shane Meadows:
“Gavin Clark is the reason I gave up on my band and on any hopes of a career in music when I was 17 years of age. I heard him play one day in a friend’s kitchen in Uttoxeter, and the second he sang, I quit. The songs may be spread out over 20 years, but they are bound together by their simplicity, their honesty and most of all his voice. It’s peerless and so is Gavin.”
The Leisure Society
Accompanying Gavin Clark, are Nick Hemming and Helen Whitaker of The Leisure Society.
The Leisure Society has received considerable critical acclaim, including an Ivor Novello nomination and 5-star reviews from the likes of The Independent. Often dubbed as the English answer to popular U.S acts such as Grizzly Bear, Department Of Eagles and Fleet Foxes, The Leisure Society have toured extensively throughout Europe and the UK with sold-out performances, and at festivals including Glastonbury, The Big Chill, the Green Man Festival, Summer Sundae, End of the Road Festival and Vintage at Goodwood. They also recorded a session for BBC Radio 2’s Janice Long. The band performed a sell out UK and European tour through summer 2011 in support of their latest album Into The Murky Water, culminating in a ??highly acclaimed performance at London's Barbican Centre backed by the 40-piece Heritage Orchestra.