New film tells story of Leeds band The Wedding Present's George Best album
They are song titles that should send a tingle down the spine of any self-respecting indie music fan from Leeds.
Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft, My Favourite Dress and It’s What You Want That Matters are just some of the tracks that feature on The Wedding Present’s legendary George Best album.
And now, to mark the 30th anniversary of the album’s 1987 release, its songs of love, jealousy and heartbreak are being celebrated in a new documentary film.
Produced and directed by professional film-maker Andrew Jezard, Something Left Behind will tell the story of the album and its lasting impact on the lives of both the Leeds-based band and their fans around the world.
Andrew has spent the last 11 months working on the documentary, interviewing all four of the Wedding Present members of the time – David Gedge, Peter Solowka, Keith Gregory and Shaun Charman.
Something Left Behind has been slated for release next year on the film festival circuit and DVD – but a little extra support is needed to get the project over the line.
Andrew has this week launched a crowdfunding appeal with the aim of raising £30,000 to cover post-production and music right costs.
The Brighton-based film-maker, whose work on the documentary has until now been self-financed, said: “The album is loved so much by so many people that I think it deserves more than just a simple retelling of its recording.
“I have approached it very much as a love story, with the content of the lyrics, how fans react to it and the way it touches their lives all feeding into that narrative.
“If people can help, in any way big or small, it will be very much appreciated.”
Leeds will loom large in the film, with Andrew having visited the band’s old homes on streets in the LS6 area such as Victoria Road and Norwood Terrace as well as their former rehearsal room near the Hyde Park pub.
Contributors are set to include musician and writer John Robb, broadcaster Shaun Keaveny and Amelia Fletcher, the singer in indie band Talulah Gosh and backing vocalist on George Best.
To support the fundraising, go to the www.kickstarter.com/projects/1535118272/the-wedding-present-something-left-behind web page.
The Wedding Present will play George Best in its entirety for the final time in a gig at the O2 Leeds Academy on Saturday, December 9.