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Cambridge Live has announced that it is teaming up with the 36th Cambridge Film Festival and Cambridge Film Trust to to present a specially curated film night. The evening will include a series of short films about Syd Barrett, and the world premiere of Get All That Ant?, a documentary film about the Swinging Sixties. The free form documentary made by Barrett’s former school friend and fellow art student, Anthony Stern, featuring unique documentary footage and images of the 60s that have never been seen before.
7pm - 'A Very Special Thing To Me: Syd Barrett And The Early Pink Floyd On Film' (90 mins)
Don’t miss this unique, one-off film programme, celebrating the maverick psychedelic renegade, Syd Barrett. Fusing catchy, natural melodies with jagged experimental guitar play in extended jams with
Of special note to Barrett fans will be Psychedelia. Kevin Whitney’s Andy Warhol-esque two-screen film featuring the fragile flower child in 1969, plus Anthony Stern’s Iggy the Eskimo Girl where you will see red double-deckers whizzing by as Barrett’s then-girlfriend cavorts joyously in the bright summer sun. Come hear the sounds! Come see the sights! One of Cambridge’s very own, we miss you, Syd – and salute you.
Introduced and programmed by William Fowler, curator BFI National Archive.
- Pink Floyd London 1966/67
Directed by Peter Whitehead.
- Iggy the Eskimo Girl
Directed by Anthony Stern
Directed by Kevin Whitney.
- Arnold Layne
Directed by Derek Nice.
9pm - GATA: GET ALL THAT ANT? + SAN FRANCISCO UK 2015. 82 mins. + UK 1968 15 mins.
Directed by Anthony Stern.
Pulsing, kinetic 16mm memories collide with candid photographs of far out friends and ace faces including Cream, Jagger, Hendrix, Morrison, plus incredible unseen footage of The Floyd at the UFO club, all relaxed and showing off the sharp psychedelic fashions of the age. Richly reflecting a pleasurable personal view that is extremely evocative and generous, Stern’s new work burrows deep into the brain, drawing out distinct feelings of wonder, but also loss. Join us for its very special, first ever public screening tonight. Also included is the Stern’s mind-bending San Francisco from 1968, featuring a driving, unreleased version of the Floyd’s seminal Interstellar Overdrive.
The documentary feature is made up of film footage, stills and archive footage taken during the 1960s and filmed in Cambridge, London and San Francisco. With the majority of footage having never been seen before, the film includes live performance footage and stills from The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Pink Floyd and Donovan as well as footage of friends and colleagues of Syd Barrett including Iggy Rose, the girl on The Madcap Laughs album sleeve.
Please note the film does not feature music from any of the bands featured in the film.
This event is proudly part of Cambridge Film Festival
Celebratory Concert at Cambridge Corn Exchange
The film premiere and walking tours are part of a series of previously announced celebratory events about former Pink Floyd member Syd Barrett centered around the unveiling of a piece of public art, commissioned in collaboration with Syd Barrett’s family, on Thursday 27 October inside the Cambridge Corn Exchange (the location of his final ever live performances). Following the art unveiling is a live concert entitled ‘Syd Barrett – A Celebration’ featuring Swedish group Men on the Border backed by the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra, with lighting from original Pink Floyd lighting designer Peter Wynne-Wilson.
In addition to the film premiere, Cambridge Live has teamed up with ISpySydinCambridge.com who are offering Syd Barrett-themed walking tours of Cambridge on the weekend of the concert. Led by former school friends of Syd Barrett, Stephen Pyle and Warren Dosanjh, the tours trace some of the key places in the city relevant to the life of the former Pink Floyd guitarist including his former family home, his school, as well as David Gilmour and Roger Water’s ’s family homes.