Julien Temple's highly anticipated GLASTONBURY will be released across the UK on April 14 by Pathe Distribution
"I think he's done a brilliant job. It's very bold, very brave, and will raise some eyebrows."
In 1970 Michael Eavis opened his 150-acre farm to 1,500 people each paying Â£1 to watch a handful of pop and folk stars perform over the summer-solstice weekend. With that the Glastonbury Festival was born. It is now the longest running and most popular music and arts festival in history. Hundreds of thousands of people have enjoyed the Glastonbury festival and millions more around the world have watched it on television or listened to broadcasts on the radio. This year everyone will have the chance to experience the Glastonbury vibe and some of the festival's 35-year history when Glastonbury the documentary opens in cinemas nationwide on April 14.
Musicians featured include – The Velvet Underground, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Primal Scream, Alabama 3, Billy Bragg, Cypress Hill, The Scissor Sisters, Radiohead, Babyshambles, The Levellers, David Gray, Bjork, Coldplay, Chemical Brothers, Stereo MC's, Blur, Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros, English National Opera 'Die Valkyrie', Ray Davies, Pulp, Faithless, The Bravery, Morrissey, Prodigy, Toots an the Maytals and David Bowie.
The Glastonbury film project began in 2002 when the future of the festival was in question. Michael Eavis wanted a record of the Festival's history in case it turned out to be the final year. With less than a month before the 2002 festival there was no time to lose. Long time festival worker Robert Richards took on the role as producer and he quickly enlisted the help of Somerset based director Julien Temple (The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, Absolute Beginners, Filth and the Fury). Within weeks 12 film crews were ready to record events.
Fortunately the Glastonbury festival overcame problems and lived on, Julien went back to film in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He also spent three years collecting footage from every single year of the Festival, ranging from re-cut clips from the film Nicolas Roeg made in 1971, to amateur home videos collected from the attendees themselves. Over 900 hours of footage was submitted. Interweaving images of dance acts, sceptical locals, and stirring performances by music legends, not to mention the unbridled energy of each successive generation of music fans, Glastonbury skilfully chronicles the evolution of the longest-running music festival in the world.
"What has been fascinating, and rewarding, has been making a film from the point of view of the audience, and it is great that we had so many different sources of material, much of it very personal. Hopefully you get the sense of surviving this event rather than being guided through by some narrator." Julien Temple
"An eccentric, bolshie, uproariously funny work about people with similar qualities. Watching it 6,000 miles from home makes you absurdly happy to be British." Daily Telegraph
"A tribute to the legendary UK pop music festival, Glastonbury achieves a state of grace rare in performance documentaries; you begin to feel you're in attendance at this three-day marathon of music, mood-altering substances and mayhem." Screen International
Glastonbury screened at the Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival.
Released nationwide by Pathe Distribution on April 14th 2006
Starring: Glastonbury Festival