Heavenly Film Presents: Manics Night


United Kingdom 2013, 140 mins

CULTURE, ALIENATION, BOREDOM AND DESPAIR, a documentary about the early history of the Manic Street Preachers, was originally planned as a 20-minute DVD extra to accompany the remastered and expanded edition of Generation Terrorists.

Heavenly Films and Hackney Picturehouse are proud to screen the rarely seen full-length 76-minute version, made by acclaimed filmmaker Kieran Evans (KELLY + VICTOR, FINISTERRE) and long-time Manics collaborator Robin Turner.

Twenty years on from its release, Generation Terrorists remains the blueprint for the Manics’ career. Planned as a magnum opus that would sell 16 million copies and lead to the band’s dissolution, their debut album – much like the band back then – was wildly ambitious, confused, exciting and unique. It remains the truest distillation of their ever-present us-against-the-world strategy.

Generation Terrorists represents a period of wide-eyed optimism in the Manics’ career, and this is clearly reflected in the warmth of the conversations captured in the film. CULTURE, ALIENATION, BOREDOM AND DESPAIR sees the Manics and key players such as Martin Hall (the band’s long-time manager), Bob Stanley (Saint Etienne), Steve Brown (Generation Terrorists’ producer) and James Brown (ex-NME) talk candidly about the band’s early career, their debut album and the circumstances that helped spawn it. These conversations are framed by a rich archive of video and print material, to which the filmmakers were granted access by the band.

There will be a special DJ set celebrating the Manic Street Preachers in the Hackney Attic after the film. The Attic’s capacity is 150, so only the first 150 people to show their ticket to CULTURE, ALIENATION, BOREDOM AND DESPAIR at the cinema from 11.30am on 2 May will receive a free wristband to gain entry. Remember it's first come, first served!