The highly-anticipated Manic Street Preachers documentary film ‘No Manifesto’ had its world premiere in Cardiff last night, drawing massive attendance and interest from fans and music journalists like.
10 years in the making, No Manifesto: A Film About Manic Street Preachers had its debut screening at Chapter Arts Centre before a sold-out audience of fans, who’ve known about and been waiting for this film for a long time.
The film has been a labor of love by Manics’ fan Elizabeth Marcus who independently funded and filmed the project while traveling the world to gather testimonies from the Manics’ legions of fans. These were then edited around conversations recorded with the band members both on tour and at home during the making of 2007’s Send Away The Tigers album. The film also features live performances taken from three tours filmed especially for the project. Elizabeth co-produced the film with partner Kurt Engfehr, whose past work includes highly acclaimed documentary films like Farenheit 9/11 and Bowling For Columbine.
The Manics’ diverse and die-hard fan-base, known for its general intelligence and highly literate and articulate nature, is a central feature of Marcus’s film, who wanted to make the focus as much about the Manics’ community as about the band-members themselves. It’s difficult, in fact, to think of a band that has a more loyal, more passionate community of fans than the Manic Street Preachers has. How fitting then that No Manifesto is so largely a film by, for and about them. With its unique structure, premise and story, it sets itself apart as a singular film even among music documentaries.
The film’s release comes on the emotional twentieth anniversary of Richey Edwards’ disappearance in February 1995; it also comes a month after the Manics’ played their hugely hyped and sold-out The Holy Bible anniversary shows. It has been a highly active and emotive time for the Manic Street Preachers and their fans. I’m really looking forward to seeing this documentary; I’ve been re-running the Louder Than War/Live in Cuba DVD for too long now and it’s time for something new.
See here for a full list of where and when the film is being screened at various locations.
The film will be released simultaneously on DVD, Blu-ray and video-on-demand on February 16th. You can buy your copy here.