We are proud to announce a THE THE / Johnson Family ‘festival within a festival’ at this year’s 70th Anniversary Edinburgh International Film Festival with no less than six events!
Inaugurated in 1947 the wonderful EIFF is the world’s longest continually-running film festival and if you’re not already in the beautiful Scottish capital then pack your bags and head north of the border for this spectacular event.
June 24th – 25th – UK premiere of The Inertia Variations: Taking its inspiration from the poem of the same name by John Tottenham, Johanna St Michaels’ new documentary is a deep, moving, and meaningful insight into the life and work of THE THE’s Matt Johnson. BUY TICKETS HERE
June 22nd – 28th – EIFF 2017 are hosting a unique version of the exhibition that is being presented around the world to compliment The Inertia Variations. The creative team behind this breathtaking installation is comprised of songwriter Matt Johnson, filmmaker Johanna St Michaels, prize-winning architect Jacob Sahlqvist, acclaimed lighting designer Kate Wilkins, and poet John Tottenham. Visitors will find themselves entering a space in which St Michaels’ film is conceptually transformed into a thought-provoking interactive multi-media experience with the iconic Radio Cineola Tower at its centre. MORE INFORMATION HERE
June 24th – Released at the height of the MTV era, Johnson’s screen accompaniment to THE THE’s stunning album of the same name is a vital piece of 1980s British art. The enduring power of Infected – The Movie lies in the intense, dangerous passion that Johnson and directors such as Tim Pope invested in it at the time.
June 22nd – Originally staged at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 1968 with the help of Harold Pinter, John Hopkins’ This Story of Yours is a harrowing three act examination of a policeman accused of murdering a suspected paedophile during questioning. Gerard Johnson (above) will direct a stage reading of this controversial play, which was later adapted for cinema and filmed as The Offence, directed by Sidney Lumet and starring ex-EIFF patron Sean Connery (above).
June 25th – Gerard Johnson’s state of the art crime story / character study follows in the great tradition of classic British thrillers such as The Long Good Friday by cleverly allowing both era and location to become far more than just a backdrop to the drama. Hyena premiered at the opening gala of EIFF 2014.
June 23rd – Inspired by the Dennis Nilsen case and featuring a remarkable central performance by his cousin, the brilliant Peter Ferdinando, Johnson’s extraordinary debut feature is a masterpiece, a powerful blend of social-realism and shocking horror.
OUT NOW – Due to overwhelming demand for vinyl editions of the new single, ‘We Can’t Stop What’s Coming’, we’ve manufactured V2. To preserve the collectors value of the more rare ‘Record Store Day’ black vinyl first edition, V2 is pressed on Old English White vinyl and is minus the etchings on the b-side.
To refocus attention back to what this song is really all about, and its dedication to the late Andrew Johnson, we are donating 50% of the profits from all website sales of V2 to St Nicholas Hospice in Suffolk, who cared for Andrew at the end of his life.
St Nicholas Hospice Care is a local charity providing help, advice and support to people in the final chapters of their life, who are living with long-term and life-threatening illnesses. www.stnicholashospicecare.org.uk
MEDIA ROUND UP
The Guardian caused some controversy amongst THE THE’s audience by publishing their Top Ten List. We’ve been swamped with e-mails from people angry there was no place for the likes of ‘Heartland’, ‘Love is Stronger Than Death’, ‘Armageddon Days (are here again)’, Out Of The Blue (into the fire)’ ‘August & September’, ‘Phantom Walls’ etc. But it’s no good telling us, have your say HERE
Interview by the wonderful Neil Clarke on Russia Today’s Sputnik show. Those with a keen memory may recall that Neil was interviewed on our Radio Cineola ‘Midday to Midnight Marathon’ on General Election Day 2015.
The May issue of Classic Pop featured a 5 page in depth article on Andy Dog’s THE THE artwork.
The latest issue of Q Magazine features THE THE in their Maverick section this month.
Hope to see you in Edinburgh!
All at www.thethe.com