❉ Manchester filmmakers collaborate on short film on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the live music industry.
“This Is Just An Interval is a short film created by professionals who’ve seen first-hand the devastation the pandemic has caused and continues to cause for live music. Made with zero budget, and with all of those involved giving their time for free, its aim is simple: to shine a light on the trouble that the industry faces.”
It’s common knowledge now that coronavirus and the subsequent lockdowns it brought about has had a hugely negative impact on the live music industry nationwide.
Protests in major cities, appearances on prime-time television from industry professionals and fundraisers of various sizes and scope have all helped raise both awareness and money for the cause – but just how much do people really know about the ongoing repercussions felt across the sector?
This Is Just An Interval is a short film created by professionals who’ve seen first-hand the devastation the pandemic has caused and continues to cause for live music. Made with zero budget, and with all of those involved giving their time for free, its aim is simple: to shine a light on the trouble that the industry faces.
To do this, the team behind the film are hoping to spread the message far and wide, with Director Matthew Boone telling us “Our end goal is for the video reach those who have the ability to influence or make change to the industry, through a clear pathway on how gigs can return and financial support for those falling through the cracks.”
Contributors to the documentary include Rowetta (Happy Mondays), Aaron Starkie (The Slow Readers Club), Claud Cunningham, DJ (Black Angel), Festival Programmer Emma Zillmann (Kendal Calling / Blue Dot) and Josh Noble (The Larkins).
With local labour MP for the constituency of Manchester Withington, Jeff Smith, already Tweeting the documentary to some 10,000 followers, the wheels are very much in motion. But the team’s aims are bigger.
Locally, they hope that it can reach and aid those already fighting for support in the North: Andy Burnham (Mayor of Manchester) and Sacha Lord (Nighttime Economy Advisor).
Looking further afield they hope that it can reach those in government, such as Rishi Sunak (Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Alok Sharma (Secretary of State for Business) who can ultimately implement change.
These are also key targets for We Make Events, the organisation set up back at the start of the pandemic to try and combat the effects of coronavirus within the industry. Help us get the live music industry back on track!
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❉ News source: Puffer Fish Press. Crew Photograph Credit: Paul Husband.
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