This weekend's Sundance Film Festival in Utah sees the long awaited first showing of the documentary film 'Glastonbury', which features footage from the last 30 years of Europe's most famous festival.
The film’s director Julien Temple has spent the past few years collecting footage from every single Glastonbury Festival, ranging from professional outtakes from the film Nicolas Roeg made about the 1971 event to amateur home videos collected from the attendees themselves, often retrieved from forgotten corners of closets and attics.
The film interweaves images of impromptu art happenings, skeptical local residents, shots of energetic young music fans, and stirring performances by music legends – all the things that Glastonbury is best known for.
Glasto boss Michael Eavis has already seen it and told Virtual Festivals: “It’s very bold, very brave, and will raise some eyebrows. And it’s very good, Julien’s done a good job.”
Despite being unable to make it out to Utah for the film’s premier, Michael revealed that someone would be there on Glastonbury Festivals’ behalf.
He said: “I’ve got a guy going out to assess the reaction to the film at the party afterwards. If it goes down well then it could be a huge success in the States, which would be brilliant. But I’ve told him only to ring me and wake me up if it’s good news. You don’t want to wake up to bad news do you? My wife’s a midwife, so if we get a call in the middle of the night it’ll be good news either way; either someone will be having a baby or the film will have done well!”
The Sundance Film Festival is a proven springboard for independent movies. Last year it featured Brit flick ‘On A Clear Day’ and surprise box-office smash ‘March Of The Penguins’.
Director Julien Temple previously had one of his film’s showcased at the festival, his Sex Pistols documentary ‘The Filth And The Fury’, back in 2000.
He’s also famed for producing music videos for The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Scissor Sisters.
‘Glastonbury’ has been entered into the World Documentary competition category at the film festival and will have to fight off the challenge of Israeli border police and women prisoners in Surrey – the subjects of two of its main rivals.
The film is set be premiered in the UK in April.