Upstairs Planet: A Film About The Cleaners From Venus
Dir: Graham Bendel, 2019, UK, 71 minutes, Cert: 18 (CTBA)
Sat 14 March // 20:00 (cancelled)
Tickets: £7 (full) / £5 (conc)
Funny, moving and entertaining, Upstairs Planet is a story about a relatively unknown cult 80s musician who has been a tremendous influence on many well-known acts (MGMT, XTC, Ariel Pink, John Cooper Clarke, Mac DeMarco, etc). We're talking cassette culture, DIY punk attitudes and intelligent, poetic lyricism that should have found a much wider audience.
Looking like a 19th Century asylum warden, these days - Newell gives us his eccentric, irascible world view and hints at why the big time maybe wasn't for him. And other annoyances.
British director Graham Bendel's previous films include 'Derailed Sense' (about Vic Godard & Subway Sect ) and 'Billy Childish is Dead' (nominated for a British Independent Film Award).