Starting as an acidic post-punk band before evolving into an industrial progressive beast, British legends Killing Joke now have a documentary charting their turbulent, dramatic and often unbelievable journey. The Death And Resurrection Show, created by ILC Productions‘ lifelong Gatherer and filmmaker Shaun Pettigrew with underground British indie Coffee Films and the band, will hit cinemas worldwide in spring 2015. Before that, however, the film has been invited to show at a special one off screening at the BFI Southbank on 19 February 2015.
Here are a few extracts from the press-release, giving us an idea of the levels of lunacy captured in The Death And Resurrection Show.
“The film brings together three decades of archive footage with two decades of never before seen new documentary footage and unprecedented access to the members of Killing Joke, their management, music producers, industry figures and associates. Featuring interviews with members of the band past and present, Jimmy Page, Dave Grohl, Peter Hook, Chris Kimsey, Sir Laurence Gardner, Dr Cornelius Van Dorp, ET, Tony Assassin and Alex Paterson; The Death And Resurrection Show will be with you shortly before the tribulation.
Numerology shaped albums, experiments in sound waves and psychological manipulation refined live performances whilst ancient texts and prophecies drove them to the world’s mystical sites. From rituals at Iona and Glastonbury to recording sessions in the Egyptian Pyramids, living feral at the Nazca Lines, disappearing to Iceland for the apocalypse and discovering a mysterious island at the end of the world.
The film explores the progression of the band and their music; the in-fights, splits, reformations, legal tussles and side projects into classical and trance music, but it also delves deep into the other side of Killing Joke and it’s core members.”