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Donations still needed for Newtown Neurotics Documentary

Entertainment / Fri 2nd Feb 2018 at 03:03pm

THE Newtown Neurotics are the subject of a new documentary by Harlow filmmaker Luke Baker.

“Bored of new town life and inspired by the first wave of punk, Steve Drewett, Colin Dredd and Tiggy Barber (later Simon Lomond) formed the Newtown Neurotics.”

“Kick Out tells the story of that journey, from the concrete slabs of Harlow, Essex, to the bombed-out streets of East Germany. Along with the likes of Billy Bragg and Attila the Stockbroker, the band became the voice of the disenfranchised and the social conscience of a country in flux.”

l-r Tiggy Barber, Steve Drewitt and Colin Dredd

l-r Colin Dredd, Tiggy Barber and Steve Drewitt

The trailer for Kick Out was released mid January and it promises to deliver a riotous trip down the rabbit hole as the history and influence of The Neurotics is pulled into the spotlight, with interviews from Billy Bragg, Phill Jupitus, Steve Lamacq and many more.

The band have always alluded mainstream success, but their political integrity and raw power has rewarded them with incredible lasting power, and the support of a large global following.

The Newtown Neurotics count John Peel, Henry Rollins, Billy Bragg, Phill Jupitus and Steve Lamacq as just a few well known admirers of the band.

Musician and left wing activist Billy Bragg is one of the well known faces in 'Kick Out'

Musician and left wing activist Billy Bragg is one of the well known faces in ‘Kick Out’

This is the second feature film from director Luke Baker, following 2015’s ‘Easy’, which followed the tumultuous life of PennyRoyal, a promising Harlow rock outfit that struggled to reach their potential amid a torrent of issues that plagued the band.

‘Easy’ was a finalist for the London Film Awards and showcased Baker’s natural talent for storytelling.

Luke is hoping to follow on from the success of  'Easy'

Luke is hoping to follow on from the success of ‘Easy’

An accomplished videographer and editor with a keen eye for aesthetic, Luke has yet again focused his gaze toward the town he grew up in.

For the older generation of Harlow residents, ‘Kick Out’ also promises to be a dizzying hit of nostalgia, taking the viewer back to the early days of punk and to the formative years of Harlow Town as it carved out an identity from its ‘new town’ label.

Phill Jupitus a.k.a 'Porky the Poet' being interviewed for the documentary

Phill Jupitus a.k.a ‘Porky the Poet’ being interviewed for the documentary

For younger residents, the story of The Neurotics will help flesh out the personality of a town that is often misunderstood and underappreciated, something that seems more and more understandable following the closure of ‘The Square’, the grassroots music venue that was seen by many as the jewel in Harlow’s crown.

Director Luke Baker said: “The Square, which closed in January 2017, was the cultural beacon of Harlow and was a second home to the town’s outcasts and creatives. The venue played a big part in the band’s history as well as my own creative endeavours so it’s highly fitting that the film’s seeds were sowed within the walls of The Square.”

It has been over a year since The Square closed its doors.

It has been over a year since The Square closed its doors.

When asked why he had chosen The Newtown Neurotics as the subject matter of his second feature, Luke said: “With the current backdrop of austerity and Brexit, The Neurotics are as relevant as ever. With their impending fortieth anniversary, now seems the perfect opportunity to both reflect and look forward. Despite their initial run being relatively short, the band’s reach and influence are apparent, not just in the UK but across the globe. Like for so many bands of that era, the emergence of the internet has given a new lease of life to the words and music, striking a chord and inspiring a new and angry generation.”

Making films is an expensive endeavor – especially without the financial backing of a studio or producers. It also requires the expertise of experienced professionals and modern facilities to create the best possible product. The set amount that Luke hopes to reach is the bare minimum needed to make the film a reality. Exceeding the target will give him an even wider chance to get this film seen across the world.

Almost a quarter of the final amount needed has been raised, but donations are still desperately needed.

Please give generously. Donations can be made at:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1308400141/kick-out-the-newtown-neurotics-documentary

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