28 May 2007In Control
- CICAE Art & Essai prize for best film
- Regards Jeunes Prize for best first or second feature film
Apart from impressing the judges and juries, another important aspect of Cannes is for filmmakers to secure distribution for their wares. According to HollywoodReporter.com, Harvey Weinstein has picked up Control for North American distribution. A French release date proper of 26 September 2007 has already been announced but as yet no date is set for the UK.
In the meantime you can view the trailer on YouTube.
27 May 2007Just the fax
Alex recalls: "In my spare time I also managed a classical composer who was signed to a classics offshoot of Factory Records (Factory Classical). Prior to my first meeting with the company's founder, Tony Wilson, I'd phoned to say I needed a fax machine to help me work. Tony arrived wearing an Armani suit and trainers, and had a fax machine tucked under his arm for me. Evidently he had just ripped the Factory records machine straight out of the wall.
Tony cut through all the bureaucracy to find out what his artists wanted. In this instance it was just a fax machine, but I learned a lot from him, including how to help artists create an uncluttered area that allows them to work. I also learned his can-do attitude and easy approach to people."
"The French artist Henri Fantin-Latour is best known for his paintings of flowers, but he also painted portraits and 'subjects of the imagination'.
Although friendly with many of the Impressionist painters, Fantin-Latour considered himself a Realist and preferred to exhibit at the Salon rather than with the Impressionists.
This show bring together pictures from our own collection with loans from the National Gallery, Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum and local galleries to explore his intimate style."
Factory fans will of course know Fantin-Latour for Peter Saville's use of one his flower paintings on the cover of FACT 75 Power, Corruption and Lies in 1983 (a fact which is acknowledged in the York Art Gallery's Fantin Facts).
26 May - 23 September, 2007
York Art Gallery
Tel: 01904 687687
The book will be limited to 226 editions. 200 numbered and 26 lettered (A-Z). The lettered editions will be slightly different - they may be signed by all the writers too. The price is GBP 200 (tbc).
Juvenes: The Joy Division Photographs of Kevin Cummins
Publisher: To Hell Publishing
Publication date: November 2007
The book will soon be available to pre-order. Details to follow.
26 May 2007Control named Europe's best at Cannes
24 May 2007Linder retrospective
19 May - 24 September 2007
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center
22-25 Jackson Avenue (at the intersection of 46th Avenue)
Long Island City
The exhibition, which is being coordinated by Urbis, will feature artefacts and contributions from many people including New Order, Tony Wilson and Haçienda designer Ben Kelly.
Highlights include a complete set of birthday posters and the original '51' doors.
Colin, announcing the event on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board, said: "There will be a panel of writers/musicians talking about Martin, Factory Records and all things late 70s, early 80s in Manchester. Then I will be playing Hannett's greatest hits and some obscure Hannett stuff too and there will be food, drink, memories and cerebral networking!"
Tickets go on sale soon from Urbis
23 May 2007Anton Corbijn et Sam Riley à Cannes
22 May 2007New Kevin Hewick free mp3
Various new gigs, the biggest of which is the Summer Sundae festival in Leicester, have been announced on the site too.
More Hewick digital downloads including 'Helpline', 'Tender Bruises and Scars' and various ultra-rare KH compilation tracks are also available on iTunes (possibly only in the UK).
Ikon man Brian Nicholson edited and directed the footage.
Jon Dasilva manned the decks and played a selection of period sounds before and after the 2-hour film show.
Those in attendance included Bruce Mitchell, Shan Hira, Slim, Cressa, Martin Moscrop, Mike Joyce, Stella Grundy (Intastella), Bobby Langley, ex-Haçienda staff including Penny Henry, Theresa Allen and Paul Mason plus IKON's Linda and Harry Dutton.
Many thanks to Brian Nicholson, Leroy Richardson and OMMCR (aka moist) for putting on a great (puppet-free) show.
21 May 2007Ghosts of the Haçienda
Don't forget that tonight is Ghosts of the Haçienda at One Central in Manchester from 9pm. A night of archive live and documentary footage of 'the first age' of the Haçienda.
It's only 5 quid and tickets will be available on the door.
20 May 2007Manchester International Festival Guardian Supplement
18 May 2007Clubbers go down in Haçienda history
MoSI is appealing for first-hand accounts from regular clubbers at the Haçienda, which will be recorded on the anniversary night. The recording will help give context to the Museum's archive collection of Haçienda material, some of which is currently displayed in the Museum's Collections Centre. The event is free of charge but places are limited, so participants should call MoSI to reserve a ticket.
The Haçienda opened on 21 May 1982 and closed in 1997. The event at Dry Bar, on 21 May, aims to encourage former fans of the Haçienda to share their memories of the iconic Manchester club, which rose to international acclaim and put the city at the centre of Britain's dance culture. Favourite Haçienda tunes will be spinning on the wheels of steel while the microphone is passed around.
Later, fans who want to continue the nostalgia party have the option of free transport to a film night, Ghosts of the Haçienda, at One Central Street, which will celebrate the anniversary by showing films of club action shot by Ikon.
Jan Hargreaves, Senior Archivist at MoSI said: "The Haçienda is an important part of Manchester's identity, and attracted international attention on the dance scene through its championing of Chicago House and later as a focal point for the 'Madchester' scene. We have a number of collection items from the club, such as flyers, posters and copies of Ben Kelly's building design plans, but we wanted to capture some of the essence about why it became so successful. The best way to do that is to speak to the people who were part of that scene and add their voices to our collections. Please do come along and help us to put clubbers' stories of the Haçienda down in history. It should be a fun event, with a chance to catch up with old friends, listen to some favourite tunes and share memories of one of Manchester's most well-loved institutions."
Participants at MoSI's Haçienda Memories event at Dry will receive a complimentary drink, snacks, and optional transport to the Ghosts of the Haçienda event, at One Central Street. Ghosts is a ticketed event and tickets priced 5.00 GBP (3.00 GBP concs) can be obtained from Ticketline.
Haçienda-related items from the Museum's Factory Communications archive include guest lists, details of records played, building design plans, posters, flyers and membership cards. Items from the collection are on public display from 3 May to 29 June in the MoSI Collections Centre.
To attend MoSI's Haçienda memories event at Dry Bar, please contact Sallyann Browning on Tel: 0161 606 0112 to reserve your place. Event runs from 6-8.30pm, 21 May at Dry Bar, Oldham Street, Manchester. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be available, and transport is available to the Ghosts of the Haçienda event at One Central Street at 9pm.
He says "Corbijn's movie is shot in a stunning high-contrast monochrome, perversely turning Macclesfield's grimness into grandeur. It effortlessly revives a British cinematic style that you might call beautiful realism..."
And "It is in a way comparable to Michael Winterbottom's 24 Hour Party People, ..., but far fiercer, and bleaker, and darker. Control gripped the audience at Cannes; it had atmosphere."
17 May 2007Factory night in Munich
Full details at myspace.com/factorynight
Thanks to Alex for spotting.
15 May 2007Tony Wilson announces In The City NYC line-up
More info at www.inthecityofnewyork.com
14 May 2007The Cult of Ian Curtis
11 May 2007Peter Saville's Estate not yet bequeathed
Fans of Saville, typography and graphic design in general may be interested to know that a new Jan Tschichold monograph is coming out and it is the first serious book to deal with his avant garde posters of the man most famous for Die Neue Typographie (The New Typography), an acknowledged influence on Saville.
Martijn F. LeCoutre
Alston W. Purvis
Jan Tschichold: Posters of the Avantgarde
Published by Birkhaüser, Switzerland
09 May 2007Requiem for Gilbert and George
08 May 2007"We're getting the band back together"
07 May 2007Ghosts of the Haçienda - 21 May 2007
The first age of the Haçienda, though: venue of choice - via the eclectic booking policy of Mike Pickering (now head of A&R at BMG); sophisticated nightclub – via the cutting edge design of Ben Kelly; and living room of the Manchester underground – via Factory Records' honorary membership scheme, has been largely ignored and forgotten.
The early years of the most famous club in the world will be celebrated in 'Ghosts of the Haçienda' - an evening of video and music at One Central Street, Manchester on Monday 21 May 2007 (9pm - 3am).
The Haçienda's role as Manchester's premier alternative concert venue was fully documented by Factory Records' in-house video company IKON FCL. Using state-of-the-then-art broadcast quality JVC video cameras IKON would provide alternative live feed views of the action on-stage via twin Barco video projectors to screens mounted about the club.
Some of this footage was recorded onto U-Matic tape, edited and released by IKON/Factory into the public domain. Most of it, though, was either lost or destroyed.
Ikon& have assembled two hours of found concert footage – from the opening night itself through the first two years of the Haçienda. It was previously shown in 2005 at Barzooka, a small arthouse bar in Blackburn.
Due to popular demand and persistence, Ikon& have agreed to a final showing of the footage at the right time: 21 May 2007 is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the club's opening night, and in the right place: One Central Street is the home of one-time Haçienda bar manager Leroy Richardson.
This may be the last chance to see the Haçienda in its original form before the 'cease and desist' shutters come down for the last time.
Tickets are available via Ticketline, www.ticketline.co.uk, priced GBP 5.00 (3.00 NUS).
The soundtrack of the period will be provided by the Haçienda's favourite son, Jon Dasilva.
The absence of the object becomes a presence you can feel.
Ghosts Of The Haçienda. Long live the new flesh.
Ghosts of the Haçienda
Additional period sounds provided by Jon Dasilva
MONDAY MAY 21 2007
9pm - 3am
ONE CENTRAL STREET
Manchester M2 5WR 0161 211 9000
ADMISSION £5.00 (NUS £3.00) via Ticketline
www.cerysmaticfactory.info www.onecentralstreet.com www.ticketline.co.uk
the absence of the object becomes a presence you can feel
Tickets on sale Tuesday 8 May 2007.
03 May 2007The Naked Ass on Stereo/Porno
"My publishing company of the time Warner-Chappells put me together with a writing duo called The Vermorels. They were a husband/wife team who had made their name as pop commentators having written a book on the Sex Pistols. I could talk for hours about this partnership as it was almost the end of me but this page isn’t long enough. The good that came out of it was a single on Factory Records called Stereo Porno. It wasn’t a hit but it did end up in The Victoria and Albert Museum in their Best Record Covers of all Time exhibition. The designer was Peter Saville, the photographer Fred Vermorel and the naked ass... mine!"
For Steven and Frank.
02 May 2007Happy Mondays at Coachella
01 May 2007Control: The Movie
Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.
Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".
- extract from the official website biography