Taking the Dog for a Walk / World Premiere

Conversations with British Improvisers

Tuesday 24 June 2014, 6 pm
Rio Cinema
107 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB

The world premiere of Taking the Dog for a Walk is part of the London’s East End Film Festival 2014.
A director’s cut of 128 minutes will be screened on this occasion.
Many of the musicians who have participated in the film will attend.

After Sunny’s time now, his authoritative portrait of the American Free jazz drumming legend Sunny Murray, Luxembourg filmmaker Antoine Prum turns his attention to the British Free Improvised Music scene in this new feature-length music documentary. Branching out from a three-day festival in Berlin conceived and organised for the purpose of the film, Taking the Dog for a Walk maps the scene of British Improvisers, past and present. Following the leads of artistic advisor Tony Bevan, it retraces the road that leads from its emergence and emancipation from the various free music movements of the 1960s to the recent (albeit small) surge in popularity as talented new players and dynamic venues are coming to the fore.

While not trying to be exhaustive, the film talks to key players who have helped define and redefine an ever-changing musical idiom by taking on board new influences. In his search for the ‘Britishness’ of British Free Improvised Music, Prum and Bevan are assisted by stand-up comedian and bona fide Derek Bailey expert Stewart Lee, who converses with musicians from different generations and backgrounds to uncover the specifics of a genre that refutes the very notion of genre. Alternating with extended live music sequences, the conversations gravitate around the idiosyncrasies of improvisation, from playing in front of the proverbial ‘four men and a dog’ to pursuing a career in a milieu where success is not measured by mainstream criteria. Guided by its sense of humour, the film suggests that the relative confidentiality of free improvised music, rather than hampering its development, has ensured its continuing renewal.

A film by Antoine PRUM

LUX/UK 2014, 128 min

Stewart LEE conversations
Tony BEVAN artistic advisor

Carlo THIEL director of photography
Nikos WELTER 2nd camera
Gilles LAURENT sound engineer
Antoine PRUM, Theo THIESMEIER, Marc RECCHIA edit
Maikôl SEMINATORE sound edit

Produced by Paul THILGES and Antoine PRUM
for NI-VU-NI-CONNU Productions