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Manics Documentary 10 Years In The Making - The Western Mail, 6th January 2015

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Title: Manics Documentary 10 Years In The Making
Publication: The Western Mail
Date: Tuesday 6th January 2015


A documentary about Welsh rock legends Manic Street Preachers which took 10 years to make will receive its premiere in Cardiff later this month.

No Manifesto: A Film About Manic Street Preachers will receive its first screening at Chapter Arts Centre on January 30 - marking the culmination of a dream by Manics' fan Elizabeth Marcus, who independently funded and shot the film, while travelling the globe collecting testimonies from Manics' fans.

She then edited them around conversations recorded with the band on tour and at home.

Invited to enter the band's inner sanctum with a handheld camera in 2005, she was offered unprecedented access to James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore capturing the band at a crossroads in their career after the critically-cool reception to their 2004 album Lifeblood.

"I didn't want to make a typical rock doc - a chronological story," said Elizabeth, who directed and co-produced No Manifesto with partner Kurt Engfehr, a film producer responsible for such groundbreaking documentaries as Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine.

"The Manics' aesthetic is to be a collage - to put together things that interest them and that may not fit together in an obvious way at first glance but have an underlying connection," she added. "I wanted to make a film like that - one that looks and feels more like a scrapbook than a narrative.

No Manifesto: A Film About Manic Street Preachers will be premiered at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, on January 30.

There will also be a Q&A with Elizabeth Marcus and Kurt Engfehr hosted by Media Wales journalist David Owens, as well as the screening of an exclusive compilation of concert footage.

The film will also be shown at Chapter Arts Centre on Saturday, January 31 at 3.30pm. The film will be released simultaneously on DVD, Bluray and video on demand on February 16. Find out more at: www.nomanifestofilm.com