A film shot on Sleaford Mods’ UK tour about the band, their fans, and the state of modern Britain. looks set to commence after the duo’s Indiegogo campaign raised £7,355 GBP so far.
“This documentary is a good thing, an insight into an ‘actual’ band, fucking about, working, no gloss, no bollocks. This is music.”
Jason Williamson, Sleaford Mods
About the film
The proposed film Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain – part band doc, part look at the state of the nation – will follow Sleaford Mods on their upcoming tour around the parts of the UK where other bands fear to tread. Not for them a slick upgrade to the fashionable indie hotspots simply because their album Divide and Exit was in the top ten lists of every other year-end round-up. Instead, the Nottingham duo will be visiting towns and cities that don’t even exist in the minds of anyone south of Barnet… the neglected, broken down and boarded up parts of the UK that most would prefer to ignore.
What better time to plunge into these hinterlands than on the eve of a divisive election, and in the company of a band who’ve got everything to play for, and who give voice to the pent up rage and the hopeless, helpless frustration of a country on the brink.
Taking its cue from the likes of Patrick Keiller’s extraordinary Robinson Trilogy, the psycho-geography of Iain Sinclair, Mark Steel’s in Town radio programme, and J.G.Ballard’s comment “Feel alive, drive around the M25!”, the documentary will be a combination of raw footage of the band, interviews with the band’s fans, and scenes in and around the green and pleasant lands that have sunk into the quagmire. Sleaford Mods: Invisible Britain aims to tell the story of how the most relevant British band in years stuck two fingers up to the zeitgeist and gave voice to growing anger at ineffectual politicians and their neglect of the institutions which underpin civilised society.
About the band
Sleaford Mods, a ranting, raving duo that seem to make sense of something there is no making sense of: a country that’s starting to look like a plastic surgery procedure gone wrong, where the face has been sewn on upside down and back to front, and no one understands what is what any more. Older, and wiser, and more pissed off by most of the music makers around at the moment – and rightfully disgusted by the betrayal of their peers, who boast about “Champagne in the bath” and tool up and down Hampstead Road in silver Mercy with Kate Moss in the back – Sleaford Mods have chimed with a generation who were promised ‘things can only get better’, only to see things get considerably worse than anyone can imagine.Jason Williamson and Andrew Fearn’s punky, beat-driven tunes have won over audiences and critics alike – and they’ve done it all on their own terms: connecting through the music, and through Williamson’s brilliantly demented, bitingly funny, addictive and unstoppable vitriol.
About the directors
Nathan Hanna win is a filmmaker from London; Paul Sang is a music writer who lives and works in Brighton. This documentary is their debut feature film.
Paul explains how the idea for the documentary came about: “Nathan and I first met Jason and Andrew last year, when we interviewed them in Brighton. At this stage they were planning their 2015 tour and mentioned to us that they were aiming to play in places that other bands always neglect, the small untrendy towns that most people don’t even know exist. I thought this would make a great basis for a documentary, not only about the band, but also focusing on the state of modern Britain and how neglect has become something that is accepted by society, rather than challenged.