Wire are the definitive post-punk band.
Released in 1977, their debut album Pink Flag was like nothing before it – 21 tracks of bold dada statement, with several songs clocking under a minute. Forty years later in 2017, their most recent album Silver/Lead was lauded by The Guardian as "some of the strongest tunes they've ever done".
In between Wire have constantly changed, evolved and experimented. They have embraced new technologies, developed new creative strategies and been cited as a major influence by artists as diverse as Big Black, My Bloody Valentine, Blur, Henry Rollins, Savages, Elastica, Parquet Courts, R.E.M. and Joy Division.
Wire’s penchant for groundbreaking sonic experiments and mixed media work has also led to them being a significant influence on the worlds of electronica and experimental music. Their influence has won them plaudits and funding from the international art world, where Wire have collaborated with artists like Jake and Dinos Chapman and the Michael Clark Dance Company.
Their witty and perverse creativity has seen them perform on stage inside a row of large cubes, release an album of eight interpretations of the same song and tour with a support act who played Wire's first album in full.
Wire remain a powerful, influential and unique band. And, whilst many of their new wave peers just play their 70s hits, Wire refuse to look back, remaining focussed on the future and making new work which is, in the words of The Quietus "Defiantly modern".
People In A Film
Now for the first time Wire are collaborating on a film about themselves and their work. This film aims to express the very essence of Wire – the personalities, their music, their worldview, their history and their future.
This is a film which will go beyond the over-familiar conventions of the standard music documentary. Wire are working with seasoned director and producer Malcolm Boyle and award winning writer and producer Graham Duff, to create a film that has the humour, the unpredictability, the surrealist edge and creative agility of a Wire song.
The name of this documentary is People In A Film.
You can help make this documentary about this most unique and influential of British bands happen.
Initial shooting has already started, capturing Wire in the legendary Rockfield Studios recording a new album, as well as extensive in-depth interviews with Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Robert Grey, Matt Simms and Bruce Gilbert. We've also shot footage of a special one off event which reunited Wire's original line-up.
We are now seeking supporters to help us complete the next stage of the film. We initially need financial support for the researching and sourcing of archive materials, as well shooting further interviews with key players in the Wire story. The budget for this is £60, 000.
Once this next stage has been completed, we will then seek final funding from funding bodies and other sources to complete the final edit and dubbing theatre mix, and cover international music, still and film property clearances.
We are optimistic that this crowdfunding campaign will draw together the international community of Wire fans, music documentary viewers and lovers of music and cutting-edge culture who would be fascinated to see inside a group of artists who continue to leave such a distinctive mark on modern music and culture.
There are a range of donation options on offer. All and any help is welcome. If you’re feeling generous, you can even have your name on the credits!
Donate today and bring People In A Film closer to completion.
Malcolm is a director, producer and performer. His credits include Avalon - A Field in Glastonbury, Ali G Before He Was Massif, Ideal, and Nebulous. Malcolm’s work has been seen on BBC TV, Channel 4, Five, Nickelodeon, Discovery and the Disney Channel.
His next feature documentary (with Carl Stickley) is Hoppy - Underground Head, about legendary counter-cultural icon John 'Hoppy' Hopkins. Extracts were screened at the Victoria & Albert Museum as the climax of the launch event for You Say You Want A Revolution? – their recent major exhibition on underground culture. The documentary was also the subject of a paper presented by Malcolm at the annual Pop Conference at the Museum of Pop in Seattle.
His live work has featured at venues as diverse as Glastonbury Festival, the Royal Court Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange. Malcolm’s live multi-media show The Madcap about the life of Syd Barrett toured the UK and was featured on BBC Radio 4. Malcolm's company Limn Gaza produced the large scale performance art piece The Joy Of Return which won the Barclay’s New Stages Award.
Malcolm was also the creator, curator and Artistic Director of The Recurring Technicolor Dream – an ICA event celebrating 1967’s 14 Hour Technicolor Dream: Britain’s first psychedelic happening.
Graham is a prolific screenwriter and producer. He wrote all 53 episodes of BBC3’s multi-award winning Johnny Vegas sit-com Ideal. His other series include BBC2’s Hebburn with Vic Reeves, Dr. Terrible’s House of Horrible starring Steve Coogan and the Sky Arts series The Nightmare Worlds of H.G. Wells starring Ray Winstone.
For BBC Radio 4, he wrote Mark Gatiss’ sci-fi sit-com Nebulous, Alexei Sayle's The Absence of Normal and his own series Stereonation. As a script editor, Graham’s work includes the feature film Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, and all 50 episodes of Radio 4’s Sony Gold award winning Count Arthur Strong’s Radio Show, which he also produces.
Graham is an acknowledged authority on post-punk and industrial music, having published essays on Coil, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Val Denham and The Passage, as well as writing the special edition books for Wire’s albums Pink Flag, Chairs Missing, 154 and Silver/Lead. He’s written articles for The Guardian and Wire magazine and every December the Dangerous Minds website posts his review of the best alternative music albums of the year. His debut book Foreground Music – a memoir focused on certain live gigs - is being published in September 2019.